MANCHESTER, England -- Three points from the Etihad on Manchester City's 2-1 win over Napoli in the UEFA Champions League.
1. City ride out Napoli's revival
It began with Manchester City destroying an opponent in the manner that has become habitual in English football. Napoli, currently top of Serie A, scoring goals at a rate not seen for decades, were being put to the sword, and swiftly, behind strikes from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.
French defender Eliaquim Mangala was the first victim when he dozed off on the City team's train journey to London to face champions Chelsea last month. And he was quickly followed by winger Leory Sane, who was rudely awaken on the same journey.
The spotlight will probably linger on Harry Kane. Not just because it usually does. Not because his superlative September of 13 goals raises the question of whether October could contain 14 or more. Nor even because his usual sidekick, Dele Alli, is suspended for Thursday's game with Slovenia.
But because, as England complete their World Cup qualifying campaign, a reliance on Kane for goals may be cemented by the identities of his supporting cast. Because the strikers tend to have to do the scoring....
In a match of intense ebb and flow against a well-drilled Shakhtar side, City prevailed through patience and perseverance. Although another clean sheet and plenty of good chances worked against a side of some skill and excellent character, City can be pleased with a night's work, which put them in the unusual position of being clear at the top of their group after two games.