Not many groups this 12 months can face the attacking juggernaut that’s Manchester City, and nonetheless coming away from the match with their dignity intact. Despite a Four-2 defeat that appears heavy on the eyes, Pep Guardiola reserved particular reward for the Serie A leaders in a difficult match up.
Speaking to the official membership web site, by way of Twitter, after the sport, the Spanish boss was happy to come back by way of the opening spell of strain from Napoli, whereas additionally displaying his delight at reserving qualification to the knock-out phases.
“We saw in the first 25 minutes what they can do to us, they destroyed us, they killed us,” mentioned Guardiola on Napoli’s first half show.
“I am so proud, so pleased to qualify. We did not control the left side and we saw what they can do in transition, that’s why we are so pleased with the way that we played”.
Napoli began off the brighter of the 2 sides, however Manchester City dug in deep and wonderful performances and targets from defensive duo John Stones and Nicolás Otamendi saved them within the recreation.
Once they started to manage, it was the all-time file clinching aim from Sergio Aguero that secured the victory at Stadio San Paolo, with Guardiola reserving a particular reward for his striker.
“Of course with the record from Sergio (Aguero), he break it here in one of the best stadiums in the world, in the Champions League,” added the Citizens boss.
“It was a great night for us, we are so pleased and I am so happy with the way we reacted and overcome at 1-0 and 2-2, that moment when we say we are here, I want to see the team in bad moments and that is the best way to see the big teams.”
If they’ll sustain this kind of kind and hold Aguero firing on all cylinders, they might go far within the Champions League, flying the flag for British groups together with Manchester United and Tottenham, who had a terrific end result towards Real Madrid at Wembley.