- Category: Champions League
Roberto Mancini was awarded five out of 10 for his performance as Manchester City manager by Gazzetta dello Sport. Photograph: Paolo Bruno/Getty Images
Victory over Manchester City was not enough to guarantee Napoli progress to the Champions League knockout stage, but it was enough to spark significant celebrations across the city and the rest of Italy. Few had expected Napoli to have their fate in their own hands at this stage of a group featuring City, Bayern Munich and Villarreal. "Even a piece of marble would have given in to the emotion," writes Maurizio Crosetti in La Repubblica of a mad night at the Stadio San Paolo.
Napoli's opponents, after all, had been not only the Premier League leaders but also one of the most expensively