UCL: Man City beat Napoli, extend winning run

De Bruyne's agent has Kylian Mbappe and Neymar's wages in his mind

It ended with some last-ditch clearances and the rare feeling of relief at the final whistle.

The Italy worldwide was forced to withdraw in the second half of Tuesday night's 2-1 Champions League defeat against Manchester City with a thigh injury.

City began their European campaign with a 4-0 win over Dutch side Feyenoord and followed it up with a routine 2-0 victory over Shakhtar. None has been so hard-earned.

De Bruyne confirmed that his agent has opened talks with City's sporting director Txiki Begiristain over a new contract but is not "stressing" about the outcome.

"In football you are going to have highs and lows and you have to live in the middle".

Jesus, himself in form with eight in 11 this term, added a quick-fire second from the next attempt on target when picked out by a superb back-post delivery from Kevin De Bruyne.

Prior to the game Guardiola had lavished praise on Maurizio Sarri's Napoli, who are top of Serie A with eight wins from eight games, and afterwards he made the surprising claim they were the best opponent he had ever faced.

Raheem Sterling put City ahead in the ninth minute, finishing with his left foot after Kyle Walker's attempt to convert a David Silva pull-back was blocked. "A minute later, that's forgotten", De Bruyne said. Lorenzo Insigne hobbled off late on, but Sarri said he was hopeful about the winger's fitness. Guardiola's side met its match and needed plenty of grit and hard work to preserve its lead. I'm happy with the way we played as a team.

Before the break, the Italians had a great chance to get themselves back into the contest after Walker fouled Raul Albiol in the box.

Although Mertens squandered their first penalty in the first half, drilling his spot-kick at Ederson's legs, Diawara made no such mistake in the 73rd minute after Fernandinho was penalised for felling Faouzi Ghoulam. Amadou Diawara took over penalty duties and beat Ederson, who again guessed the correct side.

De Bruyne has been chief playmaker in City's 10-match sting of wins which sees them sit top of the table and setting the pace in their Champions League group.

But they have so far been less successful in the Champions League, sitting third in their group with three points after defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

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