Silva revels in Manchester City’s Barça comparisons as Napoli expect ‘the best’

• Spaniard feels City are playing best football since he arrived in England• Maurizio Sarri: we should ask Uefa if they can come on after 21 minutesThe last time Manchester City visited the Stadio San Paolo, back in November 2011, Mario Balotelli had a full-blown tantrum on the plane because he was prevented from speaking at the pre-match press conference, and a chastening defeat 24 hours later ended with Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli’s outspoken president, revelling in the occasion by suggesting that Sheikh Mansour “could easily draw the curtains if they don’t win something quickly, go somewhere else and buy another toy”.That was in the days when City were still coming to terms with their owner’s vast wealth and their first experience of Champions League football, which provides a neat reference point for their latest trip to southern Italy, where Pep Guardiola and his players go in search of the victory or draw – the Spaniard was dismissive of the idea that he would ever contemplate playing for the latter – that would secure qualification for the last 16 with two matches to spare. Continue reading…

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