Italian invasion: 2,000 Napoli fans will try to get in Man City home end for Champions League tie

Manchester can expect around 5,000 passionate Napoli supporters when the Partenopei arrive in town for the Champions League clash with Man City on 17 October.

And this could present a problem for City chiefs, with Napoli only given between 2,700 and 3,000 tickets in the away end for the Group F tie.

This means that 2,000 or more Napoli fans will be in Manchester without a ticket if this news is accurate, and according to local newspaper Il Mattino, they are going to try and find a way into the home end.

City have measures to prevent an invasion of away fans in the home end, but in the past it hasn’t always worked, a game against Borussia Mönchengladbach being an example, when the German supporters found their way into the home end in numbers, leading to problems particularly in the South Stand with police involvement necessary.

Napoli’s main allocation for the game is sold out, although the club have reached an agreement to allow some more fans to attend the game as part of special tour packages. Even so, there are expected be many Neapolitans trying to find a way into the Etihad when Maurizio Sarri’s team arrive.

It’s been six years since Napoli last visited the Etihad Stadium, in what was Manchester City’s first ever Champions League game, and back then their fans left quite an impression:

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