Tuesday August 19 2014
Pecchia explains Napoli surprises

Napoli assistant manager Fabio Pecchia explained some surprising Champions League picks against Athletic Bilbao.

Rafa Benitez chose Walter Gargano and Miguel Angel Britos in place of Gokhan Inler and Faouzi Ghoulam for tonight’s play-off. Click here for the line-ups.

“At this moment of the season the choices are dictated by fitness levels,” Pecchia told Sky Sport Italia.

“Many returned from the World Cup and we have to take that into account.

“Getting through this play-off is an important objective for everyone and we have to face it with the right focus against an important team with quality technique.

“We do have a disadvantage compared to Athletic, as they have been preparing for this game for a long time, but I think with the help of the fans we can put in a top level performance.”