Napoli came out flying and dominated possession in opening twenty minutes while pressing high on Manchester’s defense and playing the Sarrisimo football that fans are accustomed to seeing. As a result, this mounted pressure on their highline which often bottled City up in their own half. However, Napoli were hit with some bad luck as Ghoulam’s injury was the turning point of the match. Momentum started to swing in Manchester’s direction. City finished as the stronger side and created more offensive chances late in the first half, eventually equalizing from a header by Otamendi. Manchester City continued where they left off and opened scoring in the second half off a corner kick that found the head of defender John Stones that went bar down to make 2-1. Moments later, Albiol drew a penalty and Jorginho tied it 2-2 but bad defensive breakdown by Napoli that led to Aguero scoring to make it 3-2 shortly after. Sterling further dented the hopes of a Napoli equalizer as he made it 4-2 during injury time. It is highly unlikely that the Partenopei will advance onto the next round but Sarri can now move forward and focus on winning that scudetto which has starved the city of Naples for many years.
Reina (5.5)- made some key saves in first half and had no chance on first goal. However, could have done better to save the second and third. Not his best performance.
Hysaj (5) – Failed to defend ball in the air from Otamendi equalizer and often caught off guard.
Albiol (7.5)- Solid defensively and saved a goal through a slide tackle that he blocked in the box early in second half. Drew a penalty shot. Silently got the job done the majority of the time.
Koulibaly (7) – Solid in the air keeping Aguero quiet and isolated throughout the first half. Committed some aggressive fouls with minimal mistakes.
Ghoulam (5.5) – Switched play well at times and set up the attack on left flank. Called for a sub in 28’ with thigh injury
Allan (6.5) Napoli’s engine in the midfield helping Napoli’s offensive build up but made some defensive mistakes and was subbed off for Marko Rog on 75’.
Jorginho (7)- Kept intensity and maintained key possession. Scored a crucial penalty in the second half that tied the game.
Hamsik (6.5) – Had many shots on goal, creating link up plays with Jorginho; getting in between mid and defense. Created many attacking through balls but wasn’t as effective in the second half although he had a much better performance than recent games.
Callejon (6)- Pressed Man city back line but seemed off tune and out of it. Blew a point blank chance which could have given Napoli the lead.
Mertens (7) – few chances on net, exploiting Man City backline. Beautiful one-two first touch to set up Insigne’s stunning goal.
Insigne (7.5) – beautiful finish to open up the scoring in the 21st minute. Looked always eager to attack as he created another scoring chance cutting left at the top of the box and striking the cross bar in second half.
Maggio (6)- The veteran 35 year old stood his ground after replacing Ghoulam but was not involved too much in the play.
Rog- (n/a) Made some nice passes linking up with attacking 3 but did not see enough action.