Rafa Benitez is not shocked by Napoli’s 1-1 home draw with bottom of the table Sassuolo. “We can’t win before we start.”
It was the leaders against the team without a single point, but the Partenopei lost their perfect record this evening.
“When you start out, it is always a draw. At the end of the day we took a point each, but we can’t win before we start,” Benitez told Sky Sport Italia.
“We played on the same level as the other performances, but if you play every three days and face a side that lost 7-0, you risk underestimating the challenge.
“We met a team that was organised and knew what to do, proving the 7-0 to Inter was an aberration rather than a true reflection of Sassuolo.”
Napoli are no longer the Serie A leaders, falling two points behind Roma, so will this setback dent their enthusiasm?
“We all have faith in the squad and it’s only natural that we won’t win all of the games. We played well, but so did Sassuolo. I think the result had more to do with Sassuolo’s performance than ours.
“We have to work on some things in training, such as how quickly we moved the ball, but I liked the effort tonight. I am not satisfied, obviously, but we are not worried.”