Raul Albiol said Napoli “worked hard to get back into the Champions League, so now we want to win” away to Shakhtar Donetsk.
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“We know the first game in the group is important, we’re playing away from home and will do everything to win,” the defender told Mediaset Premium.
Curiously, the Partenopei also opened their group phase in Ukraine last year, beating Dynamo Kiev 2-1 with an Arkadiusz Milik brace.
“We have worked hard to get back into the Champions League, it’s a wonderful tournament, now we want to win. We saw that winning at Kiev last season proved crucial for us to reach the Round of 16, so we want to repeat that pattern.
“Napoli have the right mentality to get the best result here.”