Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has compared his new club to Liverpool in terms of passion for the game.

The former Reds boss took the reins on Italy's south-west coast this summer and says he is loving his time in Naples which reminds him of being on Merseyside, to a degree.

"It is a nice place, nice fans with a lot of passion and commitment, very similar to Liverpool in terms of the passion for the team who enjoy football," he said ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League clash with Arsenal.

"You see it everywhere, in the city and the workers when they go to the stadium love the team. That is why it has been easy for me.

"The players work very hard, so there is a lot of positives now.

"After 26 years of coaching around the world, you have to adapt and you have to enjoy it when you have an opportunity to manage at a team like Napoli in the Champions League and challenging for the Serie A title.

"It is a great experience and hopefully it will be good until the end."

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