Benitez pays tribute to Napoli

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez claims all the credit should go to his players after the Azzurri won 2-1 at Marseille.

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Benitez: High praise for his team

Benitez: High praise for his team

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Napoli coach Rafael Benitez claims all the credit should go to his players after the Azzurri won 2-1 at Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Benitez was delighted with his players' response to their defeat at Roma last Friday.

Goals from Jose Callejon and Duvan Zapata handed the Italians their second win in Group G.

"I am satisfied because we have won," Benitez said to Gazzetta dello Sport.

"In Rome we played well and I knew that if we played as we did against Roma, we would win.

"I chose well but then again it is easy when you have the players that I have.

"They are all training well and you could see great concentration from the whole squad.

"My team has sacrificed itself and played a great game.

"We did a good analysis of our opponents and everyone knew what to do.

"I congratulate my players and my staff."

Tuesday's outcome lifted Napoli to the top of Group F, level on six points with Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal.

"We knew that Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are very strong teams," Benitez said.

"We simply had to win in France and we've done that.

"Out of our three group games left, we play two at home and we have to make the most of them in order to qualify."

Napoli host Marseille on November 6 before travelling to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund on November 26.

The Naples outfit ends the pool stages against Arsenal on December 11.

"The game against Marseille at the San Paolo will be crucial for us," Callejon said.

"We need another three points.

"We have no alternative but to win our remaining home games to progress."


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