Wednesday September 11 2013
Benitez on Serie A and Europe…

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has spoken about his club’s chances of winning the Scudetto and the Champions League.

The Azzurri are seen as Juventus’ main rivals in Italy, while they have been drawn in a monster European Cup group which contains Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Marseille.

“It is too early in the season to say who is the strongest,” he told Sport Mediaset when asked about Serie A.

“The only side with an advantage are Juventus for the simple reason that they have won over the last two seasons.

“But the other clubs have strengthened, we just need to see how close they are to the Bianconeri.

“I don’t think the Scudetto will be only between Juve and Napoli throughout the season. There are other strong teams like Inter, Milan, Roma and Fiorentina.”

Turning to European competition, he noted: “Starting against vice champions Borussia will be tough, but my experience teaches me that anything can happen if we make it through.

“We have one of the toughest groups, the most well balanced. There are strong and weak clubs in other sections, but you can win all of the games or lose them all in ours.”

The Azzurri have started the season well and Benitez is confident he has the squad he needs to be competitive.

“We have a big squad. I won’t use 12-13 players but 19-20.

“We’ll have to wait and see whether we win or not, but we should not be afraid of anyone. That is the mentality which I want to instil.”

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