Napoli won't rest key players against Manchester City - Pep

Napoli won't rest key players against Manchester City - Pep

"We have faced one of the best teams of my career, probably the best", City manager Pep Guardiola, insisting he wasn't just handing out cheap praise. However, both sides are reaping the fruits of their respective labours.

After forward Lorenzo Insigne helped his side to beat Roma on Sunday, Napoli face fellow title contenders Inter this weekend with the Champions League fixture against the Premier League leaders sandwiched in between.

Napoli, like Manchester City, have started the season in impressive form and currently lead Serie A by two points ahead of their nearest rivals, Inter.

Napoli will be looking to continue their imperious start to the league season on Saturday having won their opening eight games.

"They are an extraordinary squad".

RealSport have picked out three key battles that could decide the game.

The Partenopei were more in the contest in the second half, restricting City to just the one wayward Sane shot in the first 15 minutes following the restart.

The Italians managed to find a goal 72nd minutes making the scoreline 2-1.

"Every game is hard".

But whether boss Maurizio Sarri plays the 30-year-old against City remains to be seen. His need to defend has largely been eliminated at City due to the possession-based system Guardiola plays. It is far easier said than done, but teams must stop the Manchester club from keeping the ball. "Everyone is playing at a high level". Jorginho is rarely spoken about in the conversation about the best European midfielders.

The clash takes place at the Etihad Stadium while kick-off is scheduled for 19:45 (GMT). Guardiola has been able to solidify them at the back whilst turning them from a good attacking side into a world-class one.

After a short layoff, the UEFA Champions League resumes this week with more group stage action. That number may have to increase if Napoli wish to limit De Bruyne's creative influence. But the Bianconeri got themselves together and launched an incredible unbeaten run that stretched from October 31 until the end of the campaign, and Sarri was ultimately left to wonder what could have been.

The Brazilian made no mistake from close range. City sit on top of the Premier League with eight matches played, seven wins and a draw and 29 goals scored.

Former Chelsea star De Bruyne, who joined City for £52million from Wolfsburg in 2015, has four years left on his current contract.

When Walker pulled back Raul Albiol as they challenged to get to a cross, Napoli was awarded its first penalty of the evening but City goalkeeper Ederson Moraes guessed the right way to parry out Dries Mertens' effort.

"Everything will depend on how much he can achieve with City, there's still a big difference now".

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