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Pep Guardiola dedicates Manchester City win to independence leaders

Pep Guardiola dedicates Manchester City win to independence leaders”

Playing a brand of football that is aesthetically pleasing as well as deadly effective, Maurizio Sarri's men have thumped in 26 Serie A goals in eight fixtures, and also hold the league's joint-best defensive record of five goals conceded.

After 13 minutes at the Etihad Stadium, with Pep Guardiola's Premier League leaders 2-0 up and running riot, it felt like a succinct prophecy a little too grim and accurate for the impressive number of travelling supporters from the south of Italy.

"My agent went already one time to Txiki".

A third win in group F leaves City with one foot in the knockout stages and had the beaten Italian... Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season after nine minutes and De Bruyne set up Gabriel Jesus for the second soon after.

But a frustrated De Bruyne, who had had just been booked for dissent, was unhappy at some of the decisions given by Spanish referee Antonio Lahoz and his assistants and wanted to confront the fourth official as he walked off.

Napoli were struggling to deal with the Citizens' scintillating attacking play and needed Kalidou Koulibaly to clear a Jesus shot off the line. But all wasn't well between their two most creative players.

However, Belgian hitman Dries Mertens saw his spot-kick saved by Ederson. Despite their dominance, Napoli's only real chance came after a mistake by Fernandinho, but Hamsik's shot was brilliantly blocked by John Stones.

De Bruyne said: "The second half was more hard". They play a different kind of football.

"I think tonight was a great test to see where we were really at after a good run of hard games. I'm very happy to have the opportunity to play this kind of game".

"Since I have been getting those negative comments, I realize the best thing is not to look at it so it won't affect you".

But he said: "I don't care. I just like to enjoy my football, that's a big part of me".

However, Fernandinho and David Silva intervened and tried to get their teammate away from the official, perhaps anxious that he could himself sent-off if he kept protesting. There's nothing wrong. After one minute, it's over.



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