Benitez is preparing for his first season in charge with the Azzurri.
"The club is making a step forward. I have 16 players away on international duty, which is a record for the club and shows the international nature of the team.
"The side is growing, the city is enjoying it and the fans are behind the team, so that is a key factor for us. "When you see the fans behind the team with the level of play that we have at the moment... I don't know what can happen, but I'm sure we will be very, very competitive."
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