Friday December 20 2013
Benitez wary of 'difficult' Cagliari

Rafa Benitez has warned his Napoli side that they will be up against a ‘difficult’ Cagliari team this weekend.

The Partenopei travel to Sardinia to face the Isolani, but the Spanish Coach has claimed that his men will be up against it on Saturday.

“Like all the games this will be difficult and complicated,” he told a Press conference.

“But also as before we are prepared to face it with the maximum intensity.

“The key word for me is balance. It is not so important to count the goals scored, I think that the final results are the difference.

“As I see it, we are gradually improving in the defensive phase to gain more efficiently and support the attacking work.

“This is the way - control the domain of the ball. I am sure that we will continue to make progress as deadlines are looming and I am also convinced that the coming year will be even better than this one.

“We have different solutions and we are considering all the possibilities. There are four or five players who can play behind the striker and this offers us alternatives.

“Each has its own characteristics, tomorrow we will evaluate what is our best option for this challenge and then decide what is good for us.”

The Spaniard then commented on his first six months at the Stadio San Paolo.

“The balance of these six months in Napoli have to be very positive in it’s evolution and with what has been achieved.

“Apart from results, I am very happy because I understand that we have managed to change the mentality of the squad.

“Now, for example a draw is not good enough for us and we always aspire to much more.

“I would like to thank all Neapolitan fans for the affection and warmth that I have felt during these past few months.

“Congratulations to everyone and I would like to say with certainty that I wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2014.”

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