Eight wins in as many games in Italy’s Serie A, 26 goals scored, just five conceded. It’s this Napoli that Manchester City had to beat yesterday, and they did a great job, despite not getting in the first half the goals they deserved.
You cannot beat a team as good as Napoli unless you put in a really good performance. I really mean that, you have to be so good to beat this Napoli team
Pep Guardiola told reporters after City’s 2-1 win at Etihad, a score that could have been much bigger if the hosts hadn’t missed half a dozen chances in the first half.
This is one of the proudest victories of my career, I am so, so proud of my players tonight. We knew it was going to be so, so tough. When you win 4-0, you are less nervous than when you win 2-1 but I expected that. Napoli is an exceptional team
the Catalan said, repeating how much he values the leaders of the Italian championship.
We made a good first half, 30-35 minutes. We scored the two goals. We could have made the third or fourth. After that we were a bit tired, we couldn’t finish our counter-attacks and we arrive late for our pressing. They have the big ability to make short passes inside and outside, that is why I’m so proud. They are one of the best teams I have ever faced. I think it was an extraordinary game from both sides
Guardiola also said. Football-aside, City’s manager didn’t let the opportunity pass by, and dedicated the victory over Napoli to two Catalan leaders who were imprisoned for their role in organizing Catalonia’s referendum almost three weeks ago.
This win is dedicated to them. We have shown in Catalonia that citizenship is bigger than any ideas. We hope they will be released soon
Catalan Guardiola said.