Wednesday February 12 2014
Benitez: 'Almost perfect Napoli'

Rafa Benitez said Napoli put in an “almost perfect” performance to beat Roma 3-0 and reach the Coppa Italia Final.

The Partenopei had lost the first leg 3-2 at the Stadio Olimpico, but will now face Fiorentina in the Final on May 3 or 7 (depending on Europa League progress).

“It wasn’t the perfect performance, but it was almost perfect,” smiled Benitez in his Press conference.

“Everyone worked in the defensive phase and then we were able to score three great goals.”

The Coach was asked about the fact Diego Armando Maradona was in the stands for the second half, when Napoli scored two quick goals to secure the tie.

“It was easier to win with Maradona there, but let us not take the credit away from these lads, as they played really well. I met Maradona some years ago, he could be useful for us on the pitch!

“The team showed its quality. It was difficult to win against this Roma team and to do it without conceding a goal.”

Jose Callejon, Gonzalo Higuain and January signing Jorginho were on target at the San Paolo this evening.

“The new signings are giving us more balance,” continued Benitez. “It’ll take a while for Henrique to settle in, as he needs to learn the language and understand our systems.

“Callejon can also play as a centre-forward. Gokhan Inler and Jorginho work very well together in midfield and help out the defence.

“Marek Hamsik has now fully recovered and is working very hard for the team. I hope this victory will give us more confidence to take into Serie A, as Sassuolo awaits.”

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