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Napoli boss Benitez explains benching Higuain for Roma defeat

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has explained starting Gonzalo Higuain from the bench for last night's defeat to AS Roma.

Higuain was only a substitute and there were reports the striker told Benitez he didn't want to start.

"I made the decision. We watch the players in every training session and I decided it was better to start with Pandev," insisted the Coach.

"If we find space for the rapid counter-attack, then we make it difficult for anyone. We had a few chances and moved the ball around well, but against a strong side like Roma to concede a goal on the stroke of half-time and another on a penalty it becomes difficult for everyone.

"I look at the performance and in terms of character Napoli did very well this evening. I said beforehand this game would not decide the title, but clearly with the way we played tonight I'd say it was a positive evening. We played well and this bodes well for the future."

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