Saturday August 3 2013
Benitez: 'Napoli showed quality'

Rafa Benitez saw “a good game” from Napoli in their 2-2 draw with Arsenal. “We showed what we can do.”

The Partenopei certainly impressed in the Emirates Cup this afternoon, taking an early 2-0 lead through Lorenzo Insigne and Goran Pandev.

Pepe Reina also saved an extremely controversial Lukas Podolski penalty, but the difference in fitness levels showed through in the final 20 minutes and Arsenal completed a comeback.

“It was a good game, we had quality and showed what we can do,” smiled Benitez after the 2-2 draw.

“Reina is a top player and he, along with the other new arrivals, will improve as time goes on. We lacked intensity in possession when Arsenal pressed us, especially in the second half.

“Napoli are a club who want to grow, so we are working to improve. This is a great side in Italy and we’re working to become strong in Europe too.”

Napoli continue their Emirates Cup campaign against Porto on Sunday, kick-off 14.00 UK time.

Galatasaray currently lead on four points, followed by Napoli and Arsenal on three each, thanks to their 1-0 win over Porto.