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Gareth Barry of West Bromwich Albion and David Silva of Manchester City battle for possession during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The...

Silva revels in Manchester City’s Barça comparisons as Napoli expect ‘the best’

The last time Manchester City visited the Stadio San Paolo, back in November 2011, Mario Balotelli had a full-blown tantrum on the plane because he was prevented from speaking at the pre-match press conference, and a chastening defeat 24 hours later ended with Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli’s outspoken president, revelling in the occasion by suggesting that Sheikh Mansour “could easily draw the curtains if they don’t win something quickly, go somewhere else and buy another toy”.