Guardiola Backs Man City To Excel In UCL, Rates De Bruyne High

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"I didn't have any negative thoughts or anything bad about it [the speculation]". It is one of the wins I am most proud in my career'.

The City midfielder became even more annoyed, shouting "Let me talk" at Silva repeatedly, each time becoming more high-pitched, before storming down the tunnel like a disgruntled teenager.

"I signed for five years".

"It wasn't something that I was anxious about because Pep is an honest guy and he would've spoken to me before that [if City wanted to sell me], so I didn't need to worry about it and I didn't think about it for one minute".

"I didn't need to speak with Pep because I had already spoken to him during the summer about pre-season".

The former Liverpool forward has seven goals in all competitions so far this season and is closing in on his best every tally of 11 goals in a campaign, which he has achieved twice.

When Pep Guardiola arrived in the Premier League I wrote that he would improve English football.

City produced a rugged performance to out-do the Serie A league leaders in Tuesday evening's Champions League tie.

"City? I think that some of our players should sit out this game, with Inter only around the corner and being just as important", said De Laurentiis.

With a two-goal lead inside 15 minutes, City conceded a bit of possession and looked to hit Napoli on the counter, and in one of those counter attacks De Bruyne almost scored a sensational goal with his left foot, but his shot hit the crossbar.

"The best is just one (Messi)", said the City manager. Guardiola said he would feature "very soon".

"We have to adapt for Napoli, they have a different playing style than what we see in the Premier League".

But whether boss Maurizio Sarri plays the 30-year-old against City remains to be seen. But Napoli is one of the top teams on Earth today, and these three points are huge.

"We regret the fact we missed the first penalty, but we know now that we are on the right path to be competitive in Europe".

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