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Napoli boss Benitez defends flat Hamsik performance

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez was satisfied with Marek Hamsik's performance in victory over Torino last night.

Hamsik, though, again struggled to get into the game.

Benitez insisted: "He did much better today, as he helped out the team in attack and defence. I never thought of bringing him into a deeper role, as he is so good at the final ball and those runs forward. I said that I had faith in him and he replied with a good performance.

"I think he needs to have freedom to do what he wants to on the field."

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