Aurelio De Laurentiis said “it’s a shame, but we have to beat Edy Reja” when Napoli host Lazio today.
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Reja is a familiar face in Naples, having taken over when the club was still in Serie C1 and helped them back into the top flight.
“We have to win in order to come third and we must do it for our fans, even if it’s a shame that we have to beat Reja,” President De Laurentiis told TG3.
The patron insisted there was no need to criticise Rafa Benitez for this campaign, as they reached the Coppa Italia Final.
“The last time we played in the Champions League, we ended up fifth that season in Serie A, so we’ve improved.
“The future? We continue with Benitez, as we want to win the Coppa Italia with him too.”