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Guardiola says Napoli will be a 'big test' for City

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 00:47

Pep Guardiola says Italian table toppers Napoli will be a 'big test' for Manchester City in Champions League.

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SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 16, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, PEP GUARDIOLA, SAYING ABOUT NAPOLI MATCH: "I'm, I like, I like to watch them play and tomorrow is a big test for us. For myself as a manager for me what to do to beat him. For me it's fascinating to have the challenge because that is a game and I like to face the teams like a game. And hopefully we can especially see both teams a good game for, for the spectators in the Ethiad or the guys who decide to watch us on TV can enjoy enjoy good football tomorrow." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER, PEP GUARDIOLA, SAYING ABOUT NAPOLI CHAIRMAN'S CLAIMS HIS CLUB COULD REST PLAYERS FOR THE CITY MATCH: "I believe him? Absolutely not. But he is travelling this afternoon with (Maurizio) Sarri in the same plane or maybe tomorrow in the private jet, I don't know. But you can ask him to Mr. Sarri if he is going to play. But I think the last thing ten games, eight games they play in the same line-up. I can announce which players is going to play tomorrow Napoli against us." STORY: Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling says he is loving playing under Pep Guardiola for the Premier League leaders and admits that his life is also better for having tuned out critics on social media. Sterling has scored six goals in five starts for City this season and has impressed with his overall contribution to Guardiola's prolific attack which has struck 29 goals in eight Premier League games. Ahead of Tuesday's Champions League Group F clash with Italian Serie A leaders Napoli, Sterling said that Guardiola has undoubtedly improved him as a player. With City challenging for honours domestically and in the Champions League and with a World Cup in Russia at the end of the campaign this has the potential to be a defining season for Sterling. Sterling's inconsistent performances for England have made him the target of some critics in recent years, particularly after the exit to Iceland at Euro 201. But the former Liverpool winger revealed that he no longer pays attention to online comments. While Sterling has become an integral part of the City attack this season, there was speculation that he might have left the club in a swap deal with Arsenal for Alexis Sanchez. Guardiola has denied that was ever a possibility and Sterling said the reports hadn't worried him. The Spanish manager also said he enjoys watching Napoli play and hopes his side's match with the Italians will be an entertaining spectacle for neutrals.

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Guardiola says Napoli will be a 'big test' for City

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 00:47