Monday August 11 2014
Athletic wanted to avoid Napoli

Athletic midfielder Benat Extebarria admits his side would have preferred to avoid Napoli in the Champions League draw.

Last Friday’s play-off draw pitted last season’s fourth place La Liga finishers with Serie A’s third, with one of the teams guaranteed to miss out on the lucrative Group Stage.

“The group is very motivated by the two most important matches of the season,” Exteberria is quoted as saying by

“We weren’t lucky in the draw. Napoli, together with Arsenal, were one of the teams we were hoping to avoid coming up against.

“But we are ready to go for it because we too are a great team.” 

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