The two teams that feature the most colorful football in the Old Continent will face each other on Tuesday, October 17. In a match that counts for the third and final round of the first round of Group F of the 2017/2018 European Champions League, Manchester City host Napoli at Ethirad Stadium. The kickoff is scheduled for 16:45.
Manchester blues lead the key with six points earned. The second position is split between Shakhtar of Ukraine and Napoli with three points. Feyenoord, the Netherlands, is the untitled flashlight. At the same time you will receive the Ukrainians.
The recent performance of Manchester City
In the second season under the direction of Pepe Guardiola and greatly reinforced in relation to the previous season, City did not miss an official match even in the current season. In the Champions League, he won his first two matches (Shakthar and Feyenoord) without conceding a single goal.
In the English Championship, he is the isolated leader. On Saturday, October 14, he thrashed 7-2, also in his dominance, against Stoke. With that, he rose to 22 points (seven wins and one draw) accumulated in 24 possible. They are two more than Manchester United, vice-leader. With 29 goals presents a spectacular average of 3.6 per game and presents the best attack of the Premier League.
Even in the little League Cup of England, City, even with a mixed team, managed to advance by beating West Bromwich Albion away from home by scoring 2-1. In total there were 11 official matches in the 2017 / 2018 with ten wins, nine in a row, and a 1-1 draw against Everton in the second round of the English Premier League. The Blues do not miss a game with three points since April 5 when they took Chelsea 2-1 in the Premier League second round in 2016/2017.
In front of the Stoke, Pepe Guardiola did not relate the Argentine striker Kun Aguero (six games in English Championship 2017/2018, six goals). He was released by the medical department after being set aside for little more than ten days. He suffered a rib injury in an auto accident.
Even so, the coach preferred to act with caution and give the gunner more time to improve his physical condition. It is quite likely that he is among those related to Napoli. Maybe on the reservations bank. Offside are Belgian defender Vicent Kompany (three games without a goal) and French right-back Benjamin Mendy (four games, no goal), who are in the infirmary.
The current form of Napoli
It was not a thrashing, but Napoli also got a big win on Saturday. In the Italian capital, they defeated Roma, 1-0, and fired the lead of the Serie A. With a 100% advantage, they managed to accumulate the 24 possible points. Of breaking, it presents the best attack (26 goals) and the defense less leaked (five tries) of the tournament.
He is two points ahead of Internazionale, who is runner-up, and five ahead of Juventus, currently the Italian six-time champion, who is third in the 2017/2018 season.
The Napoli campaign is not just perfect in the season by the first round defeat of the Champions League group stage for Shakthar. Away from their domination, the Italian team took 2-1. In addition, they won the other 11 official matches they held throughout the season, including two matches for the continental tournament qualifying round.
In his third season in charge Napolitano, coach Maurizio Sarri managed to give the team a standard of play that is kept even outside the home. It is a team that likes to work the ball in the field of attack in a daring way, even if it leaves the defense a bit unprotected.
Sarri has only one serious concussion problem. Polish striker Arkadiusk Milik (three matches in Serie A 2017/2018, one goal) can not play.
History of the bouts between Manchester City and Napoli
The teams were also in the same group in the 2011/2012 season of the Champions League. In England, Napoli managed to equalize by 1 to 1. At home, won by 2 to 1.