After claiming a surely unassailable lead in Germany, Napoli are on the cusp of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time ever.
Three weeks ago, I Partenopei dominated throughout at Commerzbank-Arena, even after Khvicha Kvaratskhelia saw a first half penalty saved by Kevin Trapp.
Nevertheless, mere moments later, Victor Osimhen tapped home from close-range, before Giovanni Di Lorenzo fired in a second after the interval.
A miserable night for Frankfurt was compounded when star man Randal Kolo Muani was sent off as Napoli left 2-0 winners.
This should be no surprise, given that Luciano Spalletti’s side won their first five group games, and are running away with the Serie A title.
Napoli beat Atalanta 2-0 on Saturday, leaving them 18 points clear at the top, already planning the party to celebrate their first Scudetto since 1990.
In this competition, I Partenopei have never reached the last eight before, previously falling at this stage in 1991, 2012, 2017 and 2020.
This’ll surely change here.
As for Eintracht Frankfurt, they’re competing in Europe’s premier club competition for the first time since losing to Real Madrid in the European Cup Final of 1960.
Thus, it’s a great achievement that Oliver Glasner’s side got this far, but this’ll surely be the end of the road.
With die Adler currently sixth in the Bundesliga, they face a real fight to get back into the Champions League for next season.
Here, another Napoli victory is expected at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Napoli team news
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia took his tally to 13 goals for the season on Saturday, while one of Victor Osimhen’s 21 this campaign came in the first leg.
Alex Meret will return in goal after Pierluigi Gollini was given a rare run out at the weekend.
Eintracht Frankfurt team news
As mentioned, Frankfurt’s most dangerous attacker Randal Kolo Muani is suspended, making a comeback even less likely than it would be otherwise.
Daichi Kamada could therefore come in, alongside Mario Götze and Rafael Santos Borré up front.