“A point in Manchester is like a victory, but we were convinced we'd struggle more,” said Napoli patron Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The Partenopei had taken the lead at the City of Manchester Stadium before Aleksandr Kolarov secured a 1-1 draw.
“We earned a point and can be content with that, as a point in Manchester is like a victory,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.
“People talked about City as if they were the second top team in England, declaring the Premier League title is just a battle with Manchester United, so we came here convinced we'd struggle more.
“This performance, with a few errors that cost us the equaliser, was far stronger than many expected.
“I am almost glad we did concede that goal, as it will give us time to think things over and not get convinced we're too perfect.”
The Hollywood mogul reaffirmed his desire to restructure the Stadio San Paolo, but first the laws on stadiums in Italy must be changed.
“We need to bring the politicians here to copy their laws on stadiums, so we can truly create a spectacular business model around the sport.
“Now the ultras are often the only ones who go to the stadiums, so we want to open it up to families, children and a different class of supporter.”