NAPOLI and Champions League

Published November 24, 2011 by Tony

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My Napoli continues to defy expectations. We don’t have Manchester City’s resources, but Napoli still outplayed the Premier League leaders in the tournament.
Two goals from Napoli star Edinson Cavani turned Manchester City’s European dream into a nightmare as the Premier League leaders came unstuck in Italy. Now Manchester City’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after this defeat. Manchester City are on the brink of being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Napoli at Stadio San Paolo.
The Blues are now third in Group A going into the last game, and must hope that they can beat Bayern Munich and Napoli slip up at Villarreal.
The night in Naples was another learning curve for a side who may be dominant domestically also if are still off the pace at elite European level.
The scene at the San Paolo stadium was electric, with about 60,000 fans filling the stands for one of the biggest crowds since Diego Maradona led Napoli to Italian titles in 1987 and 1990. Before kickoff, Napoli fans put on a fancy display, as fans held up cards in the squad’s blue-and-white colors nearly all the way around the main ring of stands, and formed the outline of the letter ‘N’ with lines of flares on one end.
Napoli won, surging forward, roared on by the 60,000-strong crowd.

Here’s what Walter Mazzarri, Napoli coach said:
”Manchester City are a great side and were in fantastic form. It was difficult even to think about a victory against them on the eve of the game. “Playing like we did tonight all the time is impossible. In games like tonight’s you can find energy” that you cannot even think you have. We don’t have 22 players on the same level. Manchester City have them and they could rest four or five players and win easily against Newcastle at the weekend.
We did something incredible in both games against them. The draw in England was fantastic with so many players making their Champions League debut but winning when you have only one result in mind, as we did tonight, is incredible. We have to learn to win games even when we don’t play very well as only big teams can do. It’s not done yet but tonight we must celebrate this great victory”.

Napoli shouldn’t supposed to be able to compete with teams like Manchester City,  not having the financial backing that the Premier League leaders have, but my city’s football team still found a way to win. I don’t know how far Napoli will make it in this tournament, but the club has performed admirably in the Champions League till now.



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