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Napoli boss Benitez satisfied with Europa League win

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez admitted relief after their Europa League win over Sparta Prague.

The Partenopei had been stunned by an early goal, but fought back to win their Europa League tie 3-1. Gonzalo Higuain and Dries Mertens (2) struck the goals for Napoli.

"I liked the positive reaction from the team. After conceding that goal, we played a good game and it was all very positive," said Benitez.

"We could've done better defending corners, but the strikers created many scoring opportunities. Sparta Prague started with a 4-4-2 and pressed us a lot, so it wasn't easy to control the ball."

On president Aurelio de Laurentiis, Benitez added: "I speak to him often. We confront each other on football and it is a normal relationship. We may differ on some opinions, but we must do everything to go forward with the team and the city."

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