Rafa Benitez said Napoli “need to be helped at this moment,” but denied he risks the sack after a 3-3 with Palermo.
“Clearly the team needs to be helped at this moment. We scored three goals, could’ve had more and were denied a penalty that could’ve made the difference,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“It is also true we conceded three goals that we should not have conceded. I think the side still lacks a sense of calm.”
The Partenopei have one point from three rounds and by Week 4 are already eight points off the leaders.
“These are the statistics of a team that got 78 points last season and now needs to rediscover its calm.
“Do I feel at risk? No. I haven’t spoken to the President, but I don’t need to talk to him every five minutes to ask if I’m at risk or not at risk. This team did well before and will do well again.”
Benitez was asked if he felt like a lightning rod for the blame at the moment.
“I am the Coach of a strong team that did well last year and need to get them kick-started again. We have to do it all together, I do my part and we must all work together to get the best out of a quality squad.
“I agree that this team needs to rediscover its calm, intensity and focus. We need to regroup, work together and use their quality.
“Everyone has their own way of reaching an objective and I have used my way for years. Last season everyone talked about this team taking a step forward in every level. It is a tough start to this term, but we need to get back in shape all the players who can make the difference.”
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