NAPOLI NEWS

Andrea Stramaccioni felt Udinese’s 3-1 defeat at Napoli was “excessively harsh” and they “played better in the first half.”
Rafa Benitez was satisfied with Napoli’s 3-1 victory over Udinese, but still has concerns in defence.
Roma got back to winning ways at Cagliari with a new teenage talent, Napoli beat Udinese 3-1, Empoli saw off Cesena 2-0 and Sassuolo held Sampdoria 1-1.
Napoli have their sights set on second place, but welcome an Udinese side that held them 2-2 in the Coppa Italia.
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Andrea Stramaccioni already scared Napoli once last month and warns Udinese are ready to do it again.
Gonzalo Higuain reiterated he is “happy” at Napoli and “came here to win titles and make history like Diego Maradona.”
Rafa Benitez told Napoli to focus on one game at a time, starting from Udinese, and brushed off PSG interest.
Napoli are without Giandomenico Mesto against Udinese, while David Lopez remains in doubt.
Napoli winger José Callejon is reportedly set to request a transfer in the summer, with Atletico Madrid a likely candidate.
Udinese midfielder Allan's agent says he is ‘ready for a great club like Napoli’, and that he would be ‘decisive’ with them.
Lega Serie A have scheduled the semi-final first legs of the Coppa Italia, as well as the Serie A games for Week 26.
Massimiliano Allegri insists that Roma will challenge his Juventus side all the way for the Scudetto, despite a seven point advantage.
Napoli sporting director Riccardo Bigon says Rafael Benitez’s future will be clear ‘in two or three months’.
Inter vice-President Javier Zanetti has backed Andrea Ranocchia after his howler in last night’s Coppa Italia tie.
Rafa Benitez dubbed Gonzalo Higuain “one of the best in the world” after Napoli squeezed past Inter in the Coppa Italia.
Roberto Mancini called Inter “fools” after their defeat to Napoli. “You can’t concede a goal like that. You just can’t!”
Gonzalo Higuain said Napoli have “great belief” after four straight wins, beating Inter in the Coppa Italia in stoppages.
Gonzalo Higuain pounced on a defensive howler deep into stoppages for Napoli to knock Inter out of the Coppa Italia.
Kalidou Koulibaly warned Napoli that troubled Coppa Italia opponents Inter “have the quality to progress.”