Wednesday October 30 2013
Benitez: 'Napoli had to defend'

Rafa Benitez praised Napoli’s defensive performance against Fiorentina, but wouldn’t comment on the refereeing.

The Partenopei earned a 2-1 victory in Florence, but Juan Cuadrado was sent off in stoppages for simulation when he should’ve been awarded a penalty.

“Was this the right result? It was an important game, we brought out the character and didn’t just play with the ball, but also very well defensively,” Benitez told Sky Sport Italia.

“The penalty? We can talk for half-an-hour about this incident or the one on Dries Mertens, but I didn’t discuss the penalty against Roma either.

“The refereeing designators will decide whether the official made the right decisions or not. I prefer to talk about football.

“The squad is the key for us. If we are to target the Scudetto with Roma and Juventus, then we have to make the most of every player available to us. We don’t have their experience, so that needs to improve.

“Everyone is important for us, Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon. Gonzalo Higuain was meant to play between the lines, as we knew that we’d have to focus on the counter-attack tonight.”

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