Benitez: ‘Napoli were superior’

by | Jan 26, 2015 22:29

Rafa Benitez refused to discuss referees after Napoli’s controversial win over Genoa. “We were superior throughout.”

Gonzalo Higuain’s opener was offside and the penalty was extremely dubious, but Benitez rejected all attempts to go back over his famous criticism of incidents going in favour of Juventus: ‘It can happen.’

Rafa Benitez refused to discuss referees after Napoli’s controversial win over Genoa. “We were superior throughout.”

Gonzalo Higuain’s opener was offside and the penalty was extremely dubious, but Benitez rejected all attempts to go back over his famous criticism of incidents going in favour of Juventus: ‘It can happen.’

“I said many times that I won’t talk about referees. If we analyse every incident, I think it’s not so easy for Genoa to complain,” he told Sky Sport Italia after a 2-1 result.

“We’ve seen that we can win by scoring two goals with 10 chances. I will say nothing on referees. I like to discuss football.

“I think it was clear that Napoli were superior throughout the game. I saw 10 incidents worth analysing, but I am the Coach in Serie A who discusses referees the least. I only spoke about the officials once this season.

“Clearly I am happy because we won, but the result wasn’t enough as we had three or four chances to double our lead and wasted them. Genoa then reacted, but we deserved the victory.

“I always say it’s everyone’s fault when we concede a goal, as everyone has to be more aggressive and intense on the ball.”

Napoli are now two points clear in third place and only six adrift of second-placed Roma. Can they catch up?

“I am convinced that if the team plays the way we did through most of tonight, we can keep on winning. Confidence is growing, fitness levels are improving and in tactical terms you can see the team knows what to do.

“It is true we need to control the game a little better when we are in front and don’t take our chances to kill it off.”

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