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Napoli coach Reja hails team's 5-star performance

Napoli coach Edy Reja was full of praise for Ezequiel Lavezzi after the Argie's superb performance in yesterday's 5-0 thumping of Udinese.

"With his characteristics, Lavezzi can really excite the fans in a place like Napoli and further afield," said Reja. "After the first week of pre-season training I had already noticed his talent, although it is obvious he cannot always perform to this remarkable level. We are still at the start of the season. Give it 10 games and see how we are.

"Marcelo Zalayeta was crucial, as he can hold up the ball and give Lavezzi the space to come in from behind. In the transfer market we focused solely on Zalayeta because he was tactically the key to everything."

Napoli had a disastrous start to their campaign with a 2-0 home defeat to Cagliari, but made up for it with their 5-0 demolition job on Udinese.

"How can one not smile after a win like that? I am very satisfied," added the tactician, who was under pressure following that Week 1 setback.

"It is the first 5-0 victory of my career and it's not something that happens every day, so it may well also be my last. Today we dominated and I am sorry for Udinese, as I supported them as a child and came to see their games."

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