Guardiola, speaking after the Stoke victory, said over-confidence would not be a problem for his side, who are top of Champions League Group F after wins against Feyenoord and Shakhtar Donetsk.
In Manchester City’s game, Gabriel Jesus put Pep Guardiola’s side up in the 17th minute, Raheem Sterling added a second two minutes later and David Silva made it three in the 27th minute. “I am a manager, a professional, but a spectator as well”. I didn’t believe a word of it. If I say good things about Napoli it is because I truly believe what i’m saying.
“All I am asking us is not to be fearful, to respect our opponents but not to fear them. They are a great team”, he said.
Napoli have made a ideal start to the Serie A season, winning all eight games and scoring 26 goals with a style of play that is more expansive and attacking than is traditional for Italian teams. “I am very happy to have the opportunity to play this kind of game”.
“Those players that have been compiling a lot of minutes should be rested a bit in this match to keep them fresh”, De Laurentiis told Monday’s Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The feeling I get watching Manchester City play, I didn’t even get watching Real Madrid a year ago”, he said, with Napoli three points shy of City heading into matchday three on account of their group-opening defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk. “It is not a team that is going to wait”. Napoli can kill you with high pressing.
Guardiola said he had first noticed Sarri during his spell at previous club Empoli and said he could be viewed as an innovator in a similar fashion to former AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi.
Napoli lost 6-2 to eventual winners Real Madrid on aggregate in the round of 16 last season but Sarri suggested Pep Guardiola’s in-form team could represent an even tougher opponent.
De Laurentiis hoped recent comments from Guardiola, who reportedly said Napoli plays the most attractive football in Europe, would not distract his players. For me it is fascinating to have a challenge.
“As a back four and a ‘keeper we have shown real progress and hopefully we can take it into the next game”.