NEWS
Saturday October 25 2014
Napoli set Benitez ultimatum

Amid reports Rafa Benitez has three games to save his job, Valon Behrami explains why Napoli fans attacked the team bus.

The tension is sky high following Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League defeat to Young Boys, but above all because of what happened after the game.

The Napoli team bus was attacked, as their own supporters threw rocks, metal bars and even spat at the vehicle as it drove away from the stadium in Berne.

According to Il Mattino newspaper, President Aurelio De Laurentiis has set an ultimatum to Benitez, ordering him to win the next three matches or face the sack.

Those fixtures are Verona at home, Atalanta away and Roma at the Stadio San Paolo.

Meanwhile, Hamburg midfielder Behrami commented on the problems at his former club.

“I think the fans feel they are being taken for a ride and do not tolerate that,” he told Corriere del Mezzogiorno.

“With Benitez they tried to target quality and therefore made huge proclamations on how strong the team was and the objectives they could achieve. They got the Coppa Italia, but that really wasn’t what they were aiming for.

“This team was built on pure quality. They are nice to see, but have nothing to do with the Neapolitan character. The people there want to see their players run hard and sweat for the shirt. When that happens, they are capable of applauding even in defeat.

“When Diego Maradona was there, his genius was surrounded by players who worked hard and gave their soul for the club.”

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