Saturday January 25 2014
Benitez: 'Napoli were unlucky'

Rafa Benitez felt Napoli were “very unlucky” in their surprise 1-1 home draw with Chievo.

“We needed a bit more speed in moving the ball, but hitting the woodwork three times against a clammed-up team was very unlucky,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We haven’t been ruthless enough in attack recently and if Dries Mertens had scored instead of hitting the post, it would’ve been a different game.”

As well as rattling the frame of the goal, Gonzalo Higuain missed from a yard in the first half, but the Coach gave him the benefit of the doubt.

“It looked easy, but with the video replays it wasn’t that simple, as it was a very tricky angle. He still should’ve done better.

“Marek Hamsik came back well, though it wasn’t easy when Chievo were closing up like that. Everyone all over the field needs more precision to find spaces against these smaller clubs who play very tight.”

This is Napoli’s second consecutive draw against a relegation-threatened side, as they were held 2-2 by Bologna last week. Not only are the top two breaking away, but Fiorentina are also closing on third.

“If Fiorentina win against Genoa, then we still have one more point than them.”