Mancini urges focus for Napoli

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini quickly switched focus from the victory over Newcastle to Tuesday's Champions League clash against Napoli.

The Citizens were again impressive in moving past Alan Pardew's side, with the Magpies' surprise unbeaten run at the start of the Barclays Premier League season coming to an end at the Etihad Stadium.

Goals from Mario Balotelli, Micah Richards and Sergio Aguero proved the difference for the league leaders, with Dan Gosling's late consolation meaning little for the visitors.

"The feeling is good for Napoli. The team has improved a lot in the Champions League. But I know what we will find in Naples, they are playing very well at home," said Mancini post-match.

"If we want to win there, then we will have to play better than this afternoon."

Mancini is expected to shuffle his pack once again in Europe this week, and after resting several regulars for Saturday's clash following the international break, will be expecting that improved performance in Italy.

An injury concern for Mancini came in the shape of Aguero after the Argentine international limped off late, but the manager insists that it was purely a precaution. David Silva and Gareth Barry are also expected to start after substitute roles over the weekend.

"It was nothing serious. He was tired, he flew I don't know how many miles and arrived back on Thursday afternoon," he added.

"David for me could play in all the games, but sometimes he must rest. He arrived on Thursday from Costa Rica. Gareth, the same, he played in two matches.

"I told the guys before the game that it would be difficult, that they have good players who are playing very well and that we needed to play very well.

"We had a lot of possession, scored three goals and had a lot of chances. I hope we can continue like this, but in the next 28 games there will be one that we lose."

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