Benitez hails Napoli defence

by | Feb 26, 2015 23:10

Rafa Benitez praised Napoli solidity after beating Trabzonspor for a fifth consecutive European clean sheet.

“It means we are working well,” he said following tonight’s 1-0 result, securing qualification 5-0 on aggregate.

“It’s not easy to go five games without conceding a goal. At least in the Europa League we have a top level defence.

Rafa Benitez praised Napoli solidity after beating Trabzonspor for a fifth consecutive European clean sheet.

“It means we are working well,” he said following tonight’s 1-0 result, securing qualification 5-0 on aggregate.

“It’s not easy to go five games without conceding a goal. At least in the Europa League we have a top level defence.

“It was also important for Rafael to play tonight and not concede, proving his quality. Now both he and Mariano Andujar have a 50-50 chance of starting against Torino.”

Toro also reached the Last 16 of the Europa League along with Inter, Fiorentina and Roma, so there’s a big chance of an Italian derby in tomorrow’s draw.

“It is always difficult at this level. At least the travel would be easier,” laughed Benitez.

He was asked about his old club Liverpool, who went out on penalties against Besiktas this evening.

“I didn’t see the game, so I cannot comment, but I do know playing there is difficult. The atmosphere at Besiktas is one of the best I’ve ever seen, as they push the team on for 90 minutes.”

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