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Guardiola: Napoli the best in Italy

Manchester City avoided Europe’s big guns in the Champions League but Pep Guardiola suggested Serie A’s Napoli are superior to his own side.

Pep Guardiola is wary of Manchester City’s Champions League foes Napoli, labelling Maurizio Sarri’s men as one of the best three teams in Europe.

City avoided Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at Thursday’s draw, the big guns who have habitually dogged their group-stage campaigns since ascending to the continent’s top competition in 2011-12 – a season where defeat in Naples preceded round-robin elimination.

Shakhtar Donetsk represented a more favourable pot one opponent but, in a group also containing Eredivisie champions Feyenoord, it was Napoli who grabbed Guardiola’s attention.

“When the third pot team is Napoli – the best team in the pot – it is complicated,” he told a news conference ahead of City’s Premier League trip to Bournemouth on Saturday.

“In the Champions League we can expect pots one and two will be strong but today all the teams are strong.

“We’re going to face the team who played the best football in Italy.”

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