Wednesday March 25 2015
'Best Napoli since Maradona'

Coach Rafa Benitez highlights Napoli's achievements so far this season, whilst discussing Europa League rivals Wolfsburg.

Napoli are sitting fifth in the Serie A standings, but their Coach refuses to see the campaign in a negative light.

“This season things are going pretty well,” he has said, in a long interview with the Spanish radio Cope.

“So far, we have already won the Italian Super Cup against an adversary of the level of Juventus. This is something very important and I want to highlight it.

“We're also in the semi-finals of the Coppa Italia. After a 1-1 draw away against Lazio in the first leg, now we'll be playing to make it into another final.

“And we're in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. It's been 26 years since the last time this club made it so far in a continental competition.

“Not since the times of Diego Armando Maradona did the club reach a similar level.”

In spite of the positive outlook, Benitez admitted his upcoming Europa League rivals look intimidating.

“Wolfsburg managed to score four goals against a team that is by far the strongest in the Bundesliga - Bayern Munich.

“Until this weekend, when they lost again [0-2 against Monchengladbach], there weren't many teams that could boast of having beaten Bayern Munich. But Wolfsburg did that, and with relative ease.

“The adversary we've been handed by the draw are a team that are doing well, very well, and that invested a lot of money on its players.

“This has allowed them to reach an excellent level and play some quality football. Of course, and notwithstanding the difficulties of reaching the semi-finals, we'll give it our all against them.

“Should we reach the final, I won't worry about who our opponents will be.

“If a team made it to that point, they clearly deserved it, so they'll undoubtedly be a very strong team, a potent rival, and a complicated adversary.

“But we have to take things one step at a time, without rushing ahead. Before reaching the final, we have to beat Wolfsburg, who are a very, very tough rival.

“Then we'll see what happens. I'd like a final against Sevilla, but if I have to be coherent, and based on the high number of teams from this country [Italy] that made it to the last round, I wouldn't mind an all-Italian final.”

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