Napoli bite the dust as City cruise through
Pep Guardiola is working on his dream project at Manchester City. The highly rated Spanish manager has been successful to amalgamate some of the best young players into the team consisting of veterans of the likes of David Silva, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. With a squad which bleeds in young blood, new recruits Gabriel Jesus, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy have all made the fans excited with the project and they expect really something special from the men in blue in the coming days. City are undefeated in their last 21 matches, with wins coming their way in the last consecutive 13 matches which gives us a rough idea of what is happening inside the City team.
Napoli have been writing their own fairytale too, having been in sublime form this season and having stayed unbeaten in their league, they conceded a minimal amount of only 3 goals in all the league matches this summer. Never ever had a Premier League team defeat the mighty Napoli at San Paolo until Wednesday when the revamped Manchester City line-up thrashed the home team 4-2 to qualify through to the next round in the Champions League this year.
NAPOLI PLAYING XI: – Reina, Ghoulam, Koulibaly, Albiol, Hysaj, Hamsik, Jorginho, Allan, Insigne, Mertens, Callejon.
MAN CITY PLAYING XI: – Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Delph, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Sane, Aguero, Sterling.
The game saw high pressing from the Napoli team in the opening 25 minutes and City did find it difficult to cut through the opposition defense. In the 21st minute, a beautiful specimen of quick one-two between Insigne and Mertens produced a sensation output as the 26-year old Italian magician struck the ball past Ederson. Ghoulam was forced to head to the dugout in the 31st minute after being injured and was replaced by Maggio which then eventually broke the Napoli momentum. Things levelled up 12 minutes later when a Gundogan cross found City defender Otamendi in the penalty area, who headed a powerful ball, rising above Hysaj to register his first Champions League goal.
The second half brought good fortune for the away team as a Sane corner accurately found John Stones who made no mistake to head it home to take an early second half lead over the Seria A league leaders in the 48th minute. Sane gave away a penalty for the away side in the 61st minute, after fouling Albiol just inside the penalty area. Jorginho made no mistake to net the spot-kick, beating Ederson who moved to the opposite direction.
Kun Aguero struck a 69th minute goal via a deadly swift Man City attack which made Kun the highest goal-scorer for City ever, edging past Eric Brook who made the record 78 years ago and which took 11 years to set, while the Argentinian international only took a little over six. Sterling notched up the final goal for the Blues in the stoppage time after receiving a pin-point pass from midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne.
City next welcome Arsenal for Premier League game-week 11 while Napoli visit Chievo for their Seria A tie. City will be hoping to come out on top over the Gunners which may possibly see them stay clear of 8 points above United, who have a really difficult task of facing defending champions Chelsea away from home.