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Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has warned his side against complacency ahead of their crucial UEFA Champions League tie against Napoli on Tuesday.

City remain five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League having maintained their unbeaten start to the domestic season with a 3-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday, but have struggled somewhat to impose themselves in a similar manner in Europe, and sit in second place behind Bayern Munich in Group A.

With Napoli two points behind City in third, a win for the visitors would mean they would be in the driving seat to grab a place for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, with only bottom-placed Villarreal to come, while the Citizens would face the daunting task of needing a win against Munich at the Etihad Stadium in order to stand any chance of qualifying.

"There's a lot to play for and if we win we qualify, though I'm sure they'll be thinking the same kind of thing," Lescott told The Mirror.

"But we need to go there knowing that if we don't win, it's not the end of the world. We've still got to play Bayern at home in our final game, but we're confident we can beat most teams."

The two sides played out a draw in Naples thanks to an Alexander Kolorov free-kick in September, but City will be gunning for maximum points this time round, with the home side's hopes of finding the net resting largely on the shoulders of in-form Mario Balotelli.

The Italian international is likely to come in for some rough treatment from the Napoli crowd though having spent three years playing for league rivals Inter Milan.

"He's played for one of the top teams over there and performed consistently for the national team, so I'm sure the fans will have something to say to him," Lescott commented.

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