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Pep Guardiola claims Napoli are ‘one of the three best teams’ in Europe right now

The Manchester City boss says the stylish Italian side shouldn't be underestimated

Compared to their Premier League rivals, Manchester City were handed a pretty favourable Champions League draw on Thursday.

Pep Guardiola’s side avoided the typical big guns and will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Feyenoord in Group F.


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But the Spaniard is very wary of one opponent.

Napoli – the hipsters’ choice in modern times – are an emerging force in Europe under tactician Maurizio Sarri and are playing some ridiculously eye-catching football to boot.

The Serie A side have emerged as Juventus’ main rivals in Italy in recent years with a front three of Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne scoring goals for fun.

Napoli are one of the most eye-catching teams in Europe

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Napoli are one of the most eye-catching teams in Europe

Both Callejon and Insigne were on target in mid-week as Napoli dispatched Nice in Champions League qualifying, and Guardiola is very wary of the threat they offer.

“When the third pot is Napoli – the best team in the pot – it is complicated,” he said in his press conference on Friday.

“In the Champions League we can expect pots one and two will be strong but today all the teams are strong. We’re going to face the team who played the best football in Italy – I’m not talking about winning.

Guardiola v Sarri will be a clash of footballing masterminds

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Guardiola v Sarri will be a clash of footballing masterminds

“I like to watch the teams who want to play. In Italy, where the culture is defensive in the box, they play 40 metres in front a bit like Arrigo Sacchi did once.

“With the ball they are fantastic. For me, they are one of the three best teams right now in Europe playing football.”

City and Napoli will be favourites to make the knockout stages with Shakhtar far from the force they used to be.

One thing is for sure – the two fixtures between the tie should be true footballing porn.

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