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Wednesday November 1 2017
Guardiola: 'Napoli massacred us'

Pep Guardiola said “beating Napoli twice is an incredible achievement” for Manchester City. “They massacred us for 20 minutes.”

The Premier League leaders fought back from a Lorenzo Insigne opener to lead 2-1, then Jorginho’s penalty got it to 2-2 before late Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling counter-attacks.

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Wednesday November 1 2017
Hamsik: 'Best Napoli half-hour'

Marek Hamsik said the first half-hour against Manchester City was “the best I’ve seen at Napoli, but little incidents can decide a match.”

The Partenopei had dominated early on and taken the lead through Lorenzo Insigne, but eventually lost 4-2 with two headers from set plays and two counter-attacks.

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Wednesday November 1 2017
Insigne: 'Napoli regrets with City'

Lorenzo Insigne admits Napoli felt “regret” after their 4-2 defeat to Manchester City, as “we put the best team in Europe under the cosh.”

His goal had put the Stadio San Paolo side in front after a dominant opening 21 minutes, but the game changed after Faouzi Ghoulam’s injury.

Jorginho did manage to get it to 2-2 by converting a penalty, but City added another two late on with counter-attacks.

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Wednesday November 1 2017
CL: City silence unlucky Napoli

Lorenzo Insigne had opened the scoring, but Manchester City won 4-2 after Faouzi Ghoulam’s injury, so Napoli are on the verge of Champions League exit.

As Shakhtar Donetsk beat Feyenoord 3-1, this result makes it very unlikely the Italians will be able to secure second place in the group. The lack of strength in depth ultimately proved costly, with only 34-year-old Christian Maggio ready to replace Ghoulam and the players visibly fatigued.

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Wednesday November 1 2017
Suspected ACL tear for Ghoulam

There are initial reports Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam has damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

The Algeria international limped off during the first half of their Champions League clash with Manchester City this evening.

He tried to continue for several minutes before calling to the bench for a substitution.

“It is a sprained knee and tomorrow we’ll do the tests,” Napoli medic Alfonso De Nicola told reporters in the mixed zone after the game.

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Wednesday November 1 2017
Guardiola sees Napoli advantage

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects Napoli to play even better at home this evening in the Champions League.

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“It’ll be quite similar to the first match, plus they are playing at home, so it’ll be simpler for them,” Guardiola told Mediaset Premium.

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Wednesday November 1 2017
Mertens: 'Always at home here'

Dries Mertens thanked Napoli fans after being handed a special jersey for his 200th appearance. “I have always felt at home here.”

The Belgian was presented with the shirt by teammate Christian Maggio at the Stadio San Paolo.

“I am very happy and want to thank everyone,” said the Belgian.

“I have always felt at home here. Thank you.”

It was before the warm-up for tonight’s Champions League clash with Manchester City.

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Wednesday November 1 2017
Maggio: 'Another magic Napoli night'

Napoli full-back Christian Maggio remembers the last time they beat Manchester City here and believes it can be another “magic night.”

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“We certainly need to win and it won’t be easy, as right now City are in great shape both physically and psychologically,” Maggio told Mediaset Premium.

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Wednesday November 1 2017
ADL: 'Napoli-City made to entertain'

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis said tonight’s Champions League showdown with Manchester City was “made to entertain the fans.”

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“It’ll be above all a beautiful game. Whether we win or not is irrelevant, because these are the two teams who play the best football in the world right now,” the President told Mediaset Premium.

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Wednesday November 1 2017
Line-ups: Napoli-Man City

Napoli rely on their first choice XI against Manchester City, including Jorginho, Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik, while Sergio Aguero starts.

This Champions League clash kicks off at 19.45 GMT.

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The Citizens won the first meeting 2-1 thanks to an early flurry of goals, but Dries Mertens saw his penalty parried by Ederson.

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