Kvaratskhelia reacts to Napoli’s startling decision

Kvicha Kvaratskhelia, visibly upset, was substituted early in a Champions League match against Barcelona, prompting audible discontent from Napoli fans.

Khavicha Shock Reaction
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Khvicha Kvaratskhelia displayed evident anger, while Napoli supporters voiced their discontent as the Georgian player was substituted early during the Champions League clash against Barcelona at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Napoli found themselves trailing 1-0 to a Robert Lewandowski goal, failing to produce a single shot, let alone one on target.

The decision to replace Kvaratskhelia with Jesper Lindstrom at the 68th minute, made by new coach Francesco Calzona, came unexpectedly given the circumstances.

Similar substitutions occurred in the past under coaches Rudi Garcia and Walter Mazzarri, albeit not as early in such significant matches.

Kvaratskhelia appeared genuinely surprised as he left the field and circled around the athletics track to return to the bench, notably without exchanging handshakes with Calzona.

The crowd expressed dissatisfaction as Jens Cajuste was replaced by January acquisition Hamed Junior Traore.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 23

183 cm

70 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 30 3 Missed
Minutes 2410 80.3 Avg
Goals 10 0.3 Avg
Assist 6 0.2 Avg
Attempt 163 5.4 Avg
Passes 939 31.386.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 6 0.2 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 7 times for 583 minutes for Champions League.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia didn’t score any goal for Napoli. He procured one assist. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 9th in Champions League. In the last match Napoli drew 1-1 against FC Barcelona.

Napoli performance and stats


Manager: Francesco Calzona
Rank 8th
Win 13
Draw 10
Loss 10
Goals 50-41
Diff 9
Rank 2nd
Win 3
Draw 1
Loss 2
Goals 10-9
Diff 1

Napoli is currently 2nd in the Champions League with 10 points.

In the last 7 games, it has won 3 times, drawn twice, and lost twice. In its last match, Napoli drawn 1-1 against FC Barcelona.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 10 goals and conceding 9.​