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Mixed feelings after Napoli draw

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The spoils were shared in Manchester City's maiden Champions League fixture, as Napoli left the Etihad Stadium with a well earned point.

The Italian outfit had taken the lead in Manchester, with Edinson Cavani slotting through the legs of Joe Hart shortly before Aleksandar Kolavrov rifled in a free-kick for the home side.

But, although a point was no bad result for either side, City were left to ponder what might have been, having created enough chances to secure a win.

Vincent Kompany certainly believes his side were worthy of at least another goal, but paid tribute to City's visitors from Naples.

"It's a special occasion," said the City skipper. "Everything is completely different to what we are used to in the Premier League.

"Today we played against a very good Napoli side, credit to them, they did what they needed to do.

"We'll just learn from this game and we have a good enough team to see this through."

He added: "It was more open than I would have hoped.

"We should maybe have scored a goal or two in the first half and it would not have been so difficult in the second."

Meanwhile, Gareth Barry expects switching between continental and domestic football to provide quite a juggling act for Roberto Mancini as the season starts in earnest.


 

The England midfielder does, however, feel that City's substantial squad will allow them to fight for glory on both fronts.

"It's going to be a tough act for us to experience this in the Champions League - playing away in Europe and then bouncing back to the Premier League," he explained.

"It is something we are going to have to adapt to quickly, but we have got a big squad and everyone is ready to step in when they are needed."

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