An Aleksandar Kolarov strike ensured the home side gained a point from their debut in Europe’s top club tournament, after Edinson Cavani had put the Serie A outfit into the lead.
With such high expectations on the big spending Premier League side, a draw may be seen as a failure, and Mancini has admitted that his team looked nervous.
“We were so nervous. It is normal. After many years we play our first game in the Champions League,” he told Sky Sports after the match.
“The first game is always difficult and it was difficult to play against Naples because they defend really well and when they’re on the counter attack they’re really dangerous.
“We conceded a goal because for 10 minutes in the second half we played so-so. But after that we played well, I’m happy. We wanted to win but the Champions League is hard. For us it was important to start well,” he continued.
Napoli looked assured in their first appearance in the tournament also, and Mancini admits he had warned his team about Walter Mazzarri’s team’s qualities.
“I told the guys, pay attention, because Naples are very good on the counter attack if we lose the ball. But we lost a stupid ball in the middle.
“We played one touch too many in the first half, for me. When we had a chance – one touch more. That’s all it is. If not (for that) I enjoyed this game,” he admitted.
With Bayern Munich and Villarreal also in a tricky Group A , City face a difficult task in progressing through to the knockout stages, but the Italian coach feels the Eastlands team will get an away win in their next fixture.
“We’ll win in Munich next game,” he concluded.
City now take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday, and will look to continue their 100 per cent Premier League record.
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