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Napoli keeper Pepe Reina: We're better without Higuain

Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina says they're more a team without Gonzalo Higuain, now of Juventus.

Napoli face Real Madrid in the Champions League this week.

"As an opponent, I can say that the Bernabeu is a stadium that imposes respect," said Reina.

“All players like to play at these kinds of venues and me personally. When I've played there, things have never gone wrong for me.

“The fan who attacked me at the Bernabeu during a Clasico in 2001? It was an isolated incident.

“A home fan who certainly had a bad day vented [his anger] at me, nothing more. After that, I accepted his apology. The Real Madrid fans have always been fair with me.

“Higuain? He was an extraordinary player for us, capable of winning games by himself.

“But with his departure, we've been able to complete our team. Now we have a bigger squad and are more competitive."

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