City rely on their skill and technique to dominate opponents, and rarely resort to counter-attacking football, which is why they have been so ineffective thus far.
Most Serie A teams are very disciplined and organized, especially in the back. City tried to pass and move around Napoli’s men, but they could never really break them down fully. In order to beat an opponent like Walter Mazzarri’s side, you need fight fire with fire—that is, City should have absorbed their pressure and tried to spring their attackers on the counter-attack, just like Napoli did to them.
Edison Cavani was so good yesterday because he was able to catch the back four of City on the break and counter-attack brilliantly. City are huge fans of the Uruguayan, and maybe their style of play can expand if they are able to bring the striker to Manchester.