Manchester City: Why the club are strong Champions League contenders

Manchester City did not take their foot off the gas despite last weekend’s 7-2 hammering of Stoke City, as they equally put up an impressive showing during their 2-1 win over Napoli.

Pep Guardiola’s side registered the vital win when they played host to the Serie A leaders on Tuesday night in the Champions League.

Securing the win ensured the Citizens have a three point cushion over second placed Shakhtar Donetsk in Group F; putting them in pole position to advance into the last sixteen of the  top tier European competition.


Finding the goals

It was no surprise when Guardiola hailed Napoli as the best team he has ever faced, as the Italians exhibited a near impenetrable defensive display with mouthwatering attacking might.

City were however the lean, mean machine with goals from Gabriel and Raheem Sterling enough to seal all three points. The match was however not devoid of drama, as three penalties were awarded on the night. Napoli, who were awarded two of the penalties, were only able to convert one through Amadou Diawara, while the hosts were far from forgiving from the spot.

Gabriel was once again on the scoresheet as he netted the winner and his eighth goal of the season. The Brazilian alongside Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane have collectively scored 29 goals across all competitions and as such will play an intricate role in City’s chase for the Champions League.


Proven manager

Manchester City have now matched last season’s run of ten successive wins in all competitions.

In Pep they have the confidence of an individual who has won the champions League as both a player and a manager; once as a player and twice on the dugout- a gem in the modern game.

Given his vast wealth of experience in the game, City form a very solid case for title challengers in Europe.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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