He was full of praise for Manchester City before their game at Etihad, and all the more after his team’s 2-1 defeat there. But, does he think Pep Guardiola’s team are that good as to go all the way in the Champions League this season?
Yes, I think so. They are an extraordinary squad. They have tremendous physical, technical and tactical qualities and if they can maintain their physical shape they could go all the way
Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri told reporters, looking… in awe of Manchester City, their roster, their way of playing, their attitude on the pitch, their… everything.
As for his own team, the Italian coach found positives, despite the loss.
You have to divide the game into first 25 mins and then the rest of the game. They deserve a lot of credit for how they started the game – their technique, speed, movement were outstanding – but also, we didn’t apply enough pressure. But credit to the team for coming out of that situation against a team that is destroying everything that is put in front of it
Sarri said, admitting that deep down he believed Napoli could and should have gotten a better result.
I’m a bit bitter with the result but we have shown we can be competitive at this level as well. All in all, I think I can say we passed the Manchester City test, It’s a big step forward compared to the Real Madrid match last year
the Napoli coach said.