The Dutch midfielder is fully fit as the Champions League returns for Barça on the 8th August against Napoli
FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong spoke to Barça TV about how he was feeling, as well as the team's preparations, ahead of the crucial match against Napoli in the Champions League.
"I’m feeling good with a lot of positive energy. I’ve recovered well from the injury and am feeling fit. The break was good for the whole team. We’ve recharged our batteries. It was nice to get some rest and get our energy back," admitted de Jong.
Napoli shouldn't - and won't - be underestimated at the weekend as the first leg proved tough. “We found the first leg hard going. We had a lot of players behind the ball and it wasn’t a great result, but I’m confident we can play better now." Ahead of the return fixture, Frenkie knows they will need to fight hard to get a result. "Napoli have some top quality players and they’re very well disciplined. I’m sure it’ll be a difficult game. All Champions League games are, but we need to make sure we make it into the next round.”
De Jong was also asked how significant the absences of Busquets and Vidal will be against the Italians. "Busquets and Vidal are two fundamental players and they’ll be missed. But in our team, all the players are top quality.”
The new format means every fixture is all or nothing. There's no room for error. "There are four games left to win the trophy. Every game is decisive, and that makes it harder. Of course we need to win at all costs, but playing games over one leg is harder because anyone can shock you. But it’s a new thing for everyone, nobody has played with this format before, and all the teams that are going will be going because they deserve to be there."