Rafa Benitez revealed Lorenzo Insigne should’ve taken the penalty and insists there was no “revenge” against Inter.
“The Champions League exit was done with heads held very high, so I expected this performance. Clearly it is different, we played against a great side and did very well,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
Napoli earned a 4-2 victory at the San Paolo, so did he enjoy revenge against his former club?
“I have many friends at Inter. The facts speak for my history there and I have only joy in seeing my team win an important match.”
He adopted a system with Insigne, Jose Maria Callejon and Dries Mertens rotating behind Gonzalo Higuain.
“All three have the freedom to change position if they want to, as long as they then do the defensive work too. They are able to do what they want in attack.
“Of course we can still improve. The idea is to keep the ball, but at times there are mistakes and it can put the defence under pressure. These are individual matters rather than tactical ones.”
It could’ve been 5-2, but in stoppages Goran Pandev saw his penalty saved by Samir Handanovic – much to Insigne’s obvious irritation.
“I told Cristian Maggio that it should’ve been Lorenzo, but Pandev was quick to take it and we didn’t have time to get the message across.
Benitez was also asked about those famous allegations he had photographs of Jose Mourinho removed from the Inter locker room when taking over in 2010.
“It is 100 per cent a lie.”
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