Ezequiel Lavezzi believes tonight’s victory over Villarreal represents “the step up in quality” for Napoli.
The Partenopei had to win in order to reach the last 16 of the Champions League and did so 2-0 with second half goals, sending Manchester City into the Europa League.
“The important thing was to get through the group phase. We managed it and this is a crucial victory for everyone,” said Lavezzi.
“I think today we made the step up in quality as a team. Our group was incredibly hard and we proved tonight that when we’re in good shape, we are a tough side to beat.”
Napoli were out at half-time, as they were still 0-0 and Manchester City were beating Bayern Munich, but Gokhan Inler and Marek Hamsik turned it all around.
“In the first half we lacked the right character to find the goal, but started the second half with a different attitude,” grinned Lavezzi.