Setien 'optimistic' about Napoli second leg despite loss of Busquets, Vidal

Barcelona will be without two key players for the Champions League last-16 second leg against Napoli, but Quique Setien is unfazed.

Barcelona head coach Quique Setien is confident his side will have enough firepower to overcome Gennaro Gattuso's men.

Barcelona head coach Quique Setien is confident his side will have enough firepower to overcome Gennaro Gattuso's men.   -  Getty Images

Quique Setien says he remains positive about Barcelona's hopes of progressing in the Champions League despite Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal's absence from the last-16 second leg against Napoli.

Barca laboured to a 1-1 draw against the Serie A side at Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday, scoring through Antoine Griezmann.

The France international's strike cancelled out a superb first-half goal from Dries Mertens, who limped off early in the second half after a heavy challenge from Busquets.

That foul earned the holding midfielder a yellow card, which rules him out of the second leg, while Vidal will also sit out the clash at Camp Nou after receiving his marching orders for quick-fire cautions in the same incident with Mario Rui late on.

Setien is not despondent, though, and is confident his side – who also lost Gerard Pique to injury late in stoppage time – will have enough firepower to overcome Gennaro Gattuso's men.

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"We will look for solutions," he told a media conference.

"We have lost important players, but we will recover two others – Jordi Alba and Sergi Roberto. We have to look at things with optimism. We will be optimistic and think positively."

Setien refused to blame his players for their lacklustre performance, instead preferring to criticise what he perceived to be a negative display by the host.

"It is a good result considering that we have a return game at home," he added.

"They have defended with 10 players very close to their area. It is true that we have not generated much, but we knew that it was a matter of patience.

"It has been a close match and I consider it fair. We have had control, but in the first half they defended well and took advantage of the only occasion they had.

"The second half was different; there were more spaces and we have done more damage. A 1-1 draw is fine for the second leg."

'Have to work and recover well'

Barca forward Antoine Griezmann expects things to be different on home soil, as well.

"We wanted to win, we came to win, but it wasn't possible," the Barca star said post-match.

"We still have to play at home, which will be very different. [There will be] more space, we'll be in front of our fans and we have to win.

"We know that it's a very important week, I think we're focused on that, now we have to work and recover well for the Clasico."

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Griezmann had just six touches of the ball in the first half, as the France international struggle to make an impact, and he accepts he was not involved enough.

"It was hard for us to get into the game and create space and shots at first," he added.

"We have to work on it. It's up to me to add depth, sometimes they [team-mates] can see me, at other times not. It's me who has to create space. In the first half I didn't but in the second I did."

Barca welcomes Napoli to Camp Nou for the second leg on March 18.

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