Napoli v Manchester City: Match Preview

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Napoli v Manchester City
UEFA Champions League
Stadio Sao Paulo
Tuesday, November 22nd: 19:45

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Manchester City have no new injury worries going into their crucial UEFA Champions League encounter with Napoli, with Carlos Tevez (absent) and Owen Hargreaves (ineligible) the only absentees from Roberto Mancini's squad for the game in Naples.

Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero both picked up knocks in the Citizens 3-1 win over Newcastle at the weekend, but are expected to be fit.

Walter Gargano should be available for Napoli after making his comeback in the 0-0 draw with Lazio over the weekend, while Goran Pandev also made his comeback in that game and should be in line for a place on the bench.


Mancini aiming for maximum points

Roberto Mancini insists he will not be settling for a point when he takes his Manchester City side to the Stadio Sao Paulo to take on Napoli on Tuesday.

City sit two points ahead of Napoli in Group A, and with group leaders Bayern Munich expected to secure top spot when they go up against rock-bottom club Villarreal, the current Barclays Premier League leaders and their opponents on Tuesday will be left to scrap it out for the final qualification spot for the knockout stages.

A Napoli win would put the Serie A side in the driving seat with just one game to go against Villarreal, while City would need to get all three points in their final game against Munich just to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Despite what's at stake, Mancini is adamant that his side won't shut up shop when they return to his homeland, insisting they will stay true to the brand of football that has helped them to the top of the Barclays Premier league table.

"I come home to win," Mancini told reporters. "We don't know any other way. We cannot change the way we play just for this one game. Playing for a draw is not in our mentality.

"This is the kind of match players like mine want to play in. It is what we have been building towards.

"Maybe we have come too far too quickly but we don't want to stop now. The last thing Manchester City want is Thursday nights in the Europa League.

"This is going to be difficult and demanding, so hard, but we are confident. You could say this is our last chance because defeat means the Champions League is probably over."

Mancini added another layer of spice to the already hotly-anticipated fixture when he admitted earlier this week that he was interested in bringing Napoli trio Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik to the Etihad Stadium, with the Italian describing the possibility of signing the trio as "interesting".

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