Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini felt nerves played a part as his side were held to a draw by Napoli on their Champions League debut.

Aleksandar Kolarov secured a share of spoils for City in their Group A opener at the Etihad Stadium by cancelling out Edinson Cavani's 69th-minute goal with a free-kick five minutes later. Both sides could have claimed victory with City twice hitting the woodwork through Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero and Napoli's Ezequiel Lavezzi denied by the crossbar.

Overall Mancini was satisfied with his team's introduction to Europe's top competition and believes they will now feel more comfortable against Bayern Munich in a fortnight. Mancini said: "I think we can do better in Munich because it is the second game."

He added: "This game was important for us and I think we were nervous - all the club was so nervous. I think we played very well in the first half but in the first 15 minutes of the second half we conceded a lot of space to Naples.

"They were really dangerous and they scored a goal. A team like us can't concede goals like this. When we lost that goal we didn't have any midfielders in front of the defenders. For 10 minutes there we left a lot of space for Napoli players. After that I was happy with our performance - as in the first half - when we played very well."

City spurned numerous other chances but often looked susceptible to the counter-attack. After scoring 15 goals in the process of winning their first four Barclays Premier League games this season, it was an unusually frustrating night for the hosts.

Yet Mancini felt the result may give his side a reality check and he reacted with incredulity when it was suggested he felt his team had been playing like Barcelona.

The Italian added: "I never said we are like Barca. I heard this but I never said it. I think we need to improve. We have fantastic players but every game in the Champions League is different, it is difficult. I think it is important for us to play simple football. If we play simple I think we can play better, score goals and not concede any chances to them."

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri was pleased with how his team acquitted themselves and was happy with a point, but felt they could justifiably have had more.

He said: "I was very happy when we went 1-0 up and very happy with the team in the second half. I saw them create a lot of chances, although some were perhaps over-ambitious. We could have gone one further and won, which we were obviously all hoping for, but City are a great team."

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