Napoli defender insists Man City are ‘the best team in Europe’

Matt Stead

Napoli defender Raul Albiol has labelled Manchester City as ‘the best team in Europe’ ahead of their Champions League clash.

City continued their impressive league form with a 7-2 demolition of Stoke on Saturday, extending their lead atop the Premier League table.

Their next fixture sees them up against a fellow free-scoring side in Serie A leaders Napoli, and Albiol has admitted that they enter the game in good shape.

The Spain international told Mediaset Premium: “We are happy to have won a tough game, as it’s always difficult away to Roma.

“There’s a long way to go yet, we must stay calm and focus on recovering our energy to face the best team in Europe right now, Manchester City.”

He added on the City clash: “I hope it’ll be a great game. Naturally, as a defender, I can’t hope for it to end 4-3, but everyone is waiting for these two teams who attack and score a lot of goals.

“We hope for a great performance and will be concentrated in Manchester.

“We’re in good shape too, I think the team has improved its mentality from previous years and doesn’t make the same mistakes. Because of that, we are getting more consistent results.”