Friday November 5 2010
De Laurentiis proud of Napoli

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis insists he is proud of his side in spite of last night's defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.

The Partenopei took the lead, but a Steven Gerrard hat-trick ultimately proved their undoing.

"This team made me proud for 70 minutes," De Laurentiis said.

"It was an emotional evening. We played as equals with Liverpool, a glorious club in a stadium that expresses the maximum in civility and football culture.

"This makes us proud.

"The defeat is not a slap for us. We take this European experience as a measure of our growth, as if it were a Masters degree at University.

"Lavezzi was extraordinary. He is in a splendid athletic condition and this is testament to his great desire."

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