Saturday December 7 2013
Benitez: 'Too many Napoli errors'

Rafa Benitez admits Napoli shot themselves in the foot against Udinese and “cannot be happy,” but trusts they can beat Arsenal.

The Partenopei had a 2-0 lead, but were pegged back to 3-3 at the San Paolo, meaning they’ve won just one of their last four Serie A games, conceding nine goals.

They have also fallen eight points adrift of leaders Juventus and are leaking goals in the build-up to Wednesday’s Champions League showdown with Arsenal.

“We made two mistakes from set plays, including an own goal, and we are suffering because we make mistakes we should not be making,” Benitez told Sky Sport Italia.

“This result means we still have to improve, as I’ve said many times. We should be in control of a match and then we make a mistake. We are the ones who make the errors and we have to do better.

“Of course we all expect Napoli to be at the level they were at early in the season and for the side to have more points by now. We cannot be satisfied with this and I am the first to be unhappy.”

Napoli host Arsenal on Wednesday night and must win by three clear goals – or hope Olympique Marseille trip up Borussia Dortmund – to qualify for the Champions League knockouts.

“Clearly it’s a different competition and if we score goals the way we did today, then we have to do better when defending. Those two errors on the set plays really should not be happening and they changed everything.

“The way to beat Arsenal is to keep a tight team, have intensity, move the ball around and close the spaces. Having worked in La Liga and the Premiership, I think Serie A is the toughest League.”

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