Thursday March 15 2012
Lavezzi 'proud' of Napoli

Ezequiel Lavezzi concedes the Champions League exit to Chelsea is “difficult to swallow, but we must be proud” of what Napoli achieved.

The Partenopei were confident of reaching the quarter-finals after a 3-1 first leg victory, but were beaten in extra time 5-4 on aggregate.

“Unfortunately, our Champions League ends here,” wrote Pocho on his official website.

“It is difficult to swallow a defeat like this, especially after the great game at the San Paolo, but we must be proud of what we achieved in Europe.

“We played on a par with world class teams like Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Chelsea. It was enormously satisfying.

“Now we will concentrate on Serie A and the Coppa Italia... we can rediscover our smiles soon.”

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