Monday August 11 2014
Benitez pleased despite defeat

Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez declared himself pleased with his team despite their 2-1 loss to PSG this evening.

In what was the Partenopei’s final match before their critical Champions League play-off with Athletic Bilbao, the Spanish tactician watched his charges take the lead against the French champions before they were pegged back by goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Javier Pastore.

“The team worked well both in attack and defence,” Benitez insisted following the match at San Paolo. “We played a top level opponent but we showed we have made a step forward.

“We have players who can make the difference, I have faith.”

Benitez was then asked what sort of Napoli fans could expect to see against Athletic.

“A Napoli at a high level. During a World Cup summer it is not easy to prepare, the players come back at different times, but we have good players and others are coming back.”

Finally, the Coach lamented his side’s lack of activity in the transfer market thus far but insisted the club are still working hard behind the scenes.

“There are a lot of names on the list, but we are where we are and the Coach has to think about preparing his team.

“We have tried to do something until the end but we haven’t had time. We will continue to work in the next days.”

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