Champions League preview: Manchester City v Napoli

City take on Napoli in the Etihad Stadium’s first ever Champions League game. It promises to be a special night both on and off the pitch with Roberto Mancini’s in-form team taking on an impressive Napoli attack.

One of the few concerns against Wigan on Saturday was the lack of a genuine holding midfield player as both Yaya and Milner frequently left a space between midfield and defence. Mancini is hoping Gareth Barry can return to help fill this gap. There’s no doubt either de Jong or a fully fit Owen Hargreaves would be preferable against European opponents.

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Player ratings: Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

Hart – Caught in no-mans land for Wigan’s one chance of the first-half, and the hardest save of the second-half was straight at him. A comfortable afternoon. 6

Richards – Martinez tried to catch City out by stationing Rodallega on the wing but Micah was wise to it, and up for the physical challenge. Unlucky not to score when played in by Tevez.

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Preview: Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

Bang in form City take on a Wigan side currently unbeaten in seven Premier League games in what promises to be another game of free flowing football. Roberto Mancini will be looking for another win to maintain our early momentum.

There are concerns however, with the disruption caused by international fixtures and the prospect of Napoli on Wednesday. Players such as Aguero and Zabaleta have travelled long distances and may be rested for the Champions League opener.

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