Rafa Benitez was not satisfied with Napoli’s 2-1 win over Catania, explained his choices and fears the worst for Giandomenico Mesto.
“We are still at 75 per cent, as we can improve a great deal in my view,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“We had bad luck at times, the goalkeeper did very well to deny four clear scoring opportunities, but with the amount of chances we had we should’ve finished it off earlier. Instead we remained nervous on the bench throughout.”
Juan Camilo Zuniga and Miguel Angel Britos are sidelined, but Mesto limped off in the opening minutes.
“Mesto was having a great season, but his knee turned and we require tests tomorrow. He is a strong man, so when he requested a substitution straight away, it was a bad sign.”
The real surprise was that Bruno Uvini was given his first appearance of the season rather than Paolo Cannavaro when Mesto went off.
“Paolo is a professional and I had to choose a right-back today, whereas he is a centre-back. He works very well, but we trained a lot with Uvini in that role, so he was first choice.
“Catania pressed us early on and we struggled to find space, though we had more in the second half and should’ve scored more goals.
“Jose Callejon, Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens are interchangeable, as they are all at a very high level and come back to help the defenders. That’s why 100 per cent fitness is important and I have to rotate when playing every three days.
“I knew Callejon was someone who worked hard, listened and helped the defence as well as creating chances to score.”