After lest than 15 minutes, Manchester City was up 2-0 and all signs were pointed towards an easy win for City. On the contrary, it was a great game of football with intensity contact and a resurgence from the Italian who did not give up and were close to tie the game at some point.
Coach Man City – Pep Guardiola:
“Napoli are an exceptional side so I was expecting them to play the way they did. They have fantastic ability to make big passes and short passes and they are one of the best sides I have faced as a coach so I am so, so happy to have won this game.
They played very well and made it very difficult for us – it was so complicated and they are very hard to compete against, but we knew this before the game They are one of the best teams I think in Europe. Today we beat an incredible team and we had to give an incredible performance to do that so I am very happy. They won eight games in a row and if they avoid injuries they can do whatever they want this season. They are fast, dynamic and very dangerous and this is why I’m so happy we won.
We have to play from the back more, because if we play long balls against Napoli, they will be straight back on the attack a few seconds later. My players did so well; John, Kyle, Fernandinho and Nicolas did really well from the back and kept the ball well. As I say, it was an extraordinary game – we have faced probably the best team I’ve faced in my career so I’m so proud that we have won this game.”