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Napoli fired their coach before the matches with Barcelona in the Champions League – they have already found a replacement for him

Francesco Calzona took over the leadership of the “Partenopeans” ; instead of Walter Mazzarri.

Napolichanged their head coach on the eve of the first match of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League against Barcelona.

According to the official website of the Neapolitan club, Walter Mazzarri was fired from his post as coach of the Parthenopeans. Francesco Calzona was appointed in his place.

Mazzarri headed Napoli only in November last year, replacing Rudi Garcia. Since then, at the head of the reigning champions of Italy, the 62-year-old specialist has played 17 matches – 6 wins and 8 losses, three more games ended in a draw.

Walter previously worked with Napoli from 2009 to 2013, and quite successfully – under his leadership, the Parthenopeans won silver medals in Serie A, won the Italian Cup, and also qualified for the Champions League.

Until the end of the current season, the new coach of the Neapolitans, Calzona, will combine his work in the Italian club and in the Slovakian national team, which he managed to lead to the final tournament of Euro 2024.

By the way, at the upcoming In the continental championship, Slovakia will play in the same group with the Ukrainian national team if Sergei Rebrov’s team can overcome the qualifying playoffs.

Napoli is now in ninth place in the Serie A standings, gaining 36 points after 24 matches. Previously, the Partenopeans were eliminated from the Italian Cup and lost to Inter in the final of the Italian Super Cup.

The Napoli – Barcelona match will take place on Wednesday, February 21, at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona” in Naples. The starting whistle will sound at 22:00 Kyiv time.

The return match between Barcelona and Napoli will take place on March 12 in Spain.

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