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Manchester City 2-1 Napoli: Heroic Performance From Ederson Seals Citizens' Win

18 Octubre 2017, 02:07 | Cornelio Vivanco

Kevin de Bruyne has been praised by Stoke boss Mark Hughes after assisting five goals

Kevin de Bruyne has been praised by Stoke boss Mark Hughes after assisting five goals

After swatting aside allcomers this season, Manchester City finally was given its first real test in the shape of Italian league leader Napoli and emerged with a 2-1 win in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"They are an extraordinary squad".

When Pep Guardiola arrived in the Premier League I wrote that he would improve English football.

Although the Premier League leaders dominated the first half, they were ultimately made to hold on for three points after Amadou Diawara converted a second spot-kick and Napoli pushed for an equaliser.

Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus in the opening 13 minutes looked to have opened the door to another City rout but Napoli regrouped and Sarri said he was pleased with their response.

De Bruyne seized on a poor clearance and threaded a low center across the face of goal that left Kalidou Koubibaly spread-eagled on the turf.

Despite all the praise, platitudes and compliments, there may be a small footnote to be aware of here.

The hosts will be without Denis Sme (knee) and Luka Zahovic, who broke a metal plate in his collar-bone just eight weeks after having it inserted, for the match. "And we did it and I'm so, so happy".

Insigne's technique and finishing means he can find the net both in the box and from range, making him a nightmare for defenders to deal with.

With Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield, City are on course to absolutely smash Chelsea's record.

The key to this game could be Dele Alli, who is missing, which could see Harry Kane marooned alone up the pitch.

Mertens has been directly involved in nine of Napoli's past 14 Champions League goals, scoring six and providing three assists.

That Napoli's resolve was not instantly drained by that setback is to their immense credit and the performance by Sarri's men from that point should chill misfiring Serie A champions Juventus.

Former Real Madrid team-mates Luis Figo and Steve McManaman enjoyed a lovely reunion on Tuesday night as the pair met up at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The two have been rotating duties in that position this season, as England full-back Nathaniel Clyne remains side-lined for the Reds.

City continued to create chances - Jesus being foiled by Reina and a last-ditch Albiol tackle either side of half-time - but their casualness in possession gave Napoli reason to keep believing. One of the quickest players in Europe, Sane has wonderful dribbling ability and, if he finds space to run into, he is almost unplayable.

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