Rafa Benitez explained his choices after Napoli’s 4-2 victory away to Catania, including the versatile Henrique.
“We did very well in attack, but winning 4-0 at half-time it became difficult to maintain concentration,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“Catania showed great pride to get back into the game and we didn’t control it very well. I chose Duvan Zapata because he’s strong in the air and I also wanted to give Gonzalo Higuain a rest.
“We made many changes, as there are several players out injured. We have to keep working, because we have to do better.
“Marek Hamsik is an important player for us who worked well in possession tonight. He also helps out the defence.”
Henrique has played in midfield, centre-back and today full-back, where he even managed to score a sensational goal.
“He can play more or less anywhere and is tactically astute. He has the experience to control his performance in different roles.”
Napoli now seem relatively secure in third place after Fiorentina’s home defeat to Milan this evening.
“Our objective continues to be targeting Roma in second,” insisted Benitez.
“We have to do our work, continue winning and see where we end up. After the Juve game this weekend we’ll have only one match per week and it’ll be easier for us.
“Carlos Tevez will be suspended? All their other forwards are of the highest level.”