Pep Guardiola had warned that Napoli were one of the best three sides in Europe right now and they showed exactly what he meant as they pushed Manchester City far harder than any Premier League team has done so this season even if they were ultimately defeated.
It is three wins from three ties for City in the Champions League so far in this campaign, taking a grip on Group F at the midway stage, but as breath-taking as their football was for the first-half of this encounter they were left breathless as Maurizio Sarri’s side rallied brilliantly. ‘Sarri-ball’ turned City into ‘harry-after-the-ball’, at times, which is not something we have seen under Guardiola.
Napoli scored one penalty but missed another with the imperious John Stones also blocking a goal-bound shot while City will point to a host of opportunities in a thrilling, high-quality tie.
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