Man City 1 Napoli 1: We were too open, admits Kompany
Skipper concedes City were not defensively solid enough during their Champions League debut
Vincent Kompany admitted Manchester City were “too open” after his side drew their first Champions League game against Napoli on Wednesday.
The Serie A side struck first at the Etihad Stadium after Gareth Barry carelessly conceded possession to Christian Maggio. The Napoli midfielder slid in Edison Cavani, who tucked his finish between the legs of Joe Hart in the 69th minute.
Aleksandr Kolorov rescued a point for the Champions League debutants in the 74th minute with a precise free-kick which left Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sancti rooted to the spot.
“It was more open than I would have hoped,” said Kompany. “We should maybe have scored a goal or two in the first half and it would not have been so difficult in the second.
“We played against a very good Napoli side, credit to them, they did what they needed to do. We’ll just learn from this game and we have a good enough team to see this through.”
Napoli signalled their intent in the first half when Ezequiel Lavezzi smashed an effort past Hart, only to be denied by the woodwork. Yaya TourÃ© also struck the crossbar before the break following excellent link-up play with Sergio AgÃ¼ero.
After the interval, Mancini’s men pressed for a winner but the Italian side came closest to breaking the deadlock when Marek Hamsik’s shot was cleared off the line by Kompany.
Napoli were dangerous on the counter-attack and they took the lead after 69 minutes – Barry’s sloppy pass was intercepted and Cavani provided the telling finish.
The home side, playing their first fixture in Europe’s elite club competition since 1968, restored parity five minutes later when Kolorov fired a left-footed free-kick past the Napoli goalkeeper.
City boss Roberto Mancini was unhappy with the sloppy pass that led to the Serie A side’s breakaway goal – and insisted that a win in their next Group A game at Bayern Munich is now a necessity.
“We lost a stupid ball for the goal and Napoli were very dangerous on the counter attack,” said Mancini. “We know the Champions League is difficult but we started well and now we must win in Munich in our next game.”