Benitez proud of first Napoli season: We must be realistic

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has urged fans to be realistic. Benitez is proud of his first season in charge.
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Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has urged fans to be realistic.

Benitez is proud of his first season in charge.

“Looking at the statistics, this is almost a record-breaking campaign for this club, despite a change of Coach, players and style of football. We need to become more mature.

“When they talk about me at Napoli, people forget I was at Extremadura and the Real Madrid youth academy. I always worked with the reality that I didn’t have many funds at my disposal. And yet I won! Valencia and Liverpool didn’t have a high revenue when I was there, but we worked on the mentality of the players.

“We need to work harder and make the right choices on the transfer market. I think we are on the right path. During the week I worked on defending and counter-attacks, then asked the lads to be just as motivated as they were against Juventus.

“When we don’t perform the way we should, the mentality of the players has to come out. When the lads come close to something important, they tend to give up. They’ve got to understand that.”

 
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