Benitez: “Roma Are Not Better Than Us”

Rafael Benitez, manager of Napoli, spoke today about his team’s 3-2 defeat to Roma in the Coppa Italia.

What was good and what was bad in the match against Roma? Is Roma a better team than Napoli at the moment? Second place is difficult?
“Mentality and character are the most important things. We saw a great game, two teams playing great football. We must not concede goals, but they were precise in their action for the third goal.”

Roma is a better team than Napoli? Second place is difficult?
“Roma have the advantage of playing a game a week. They have for the whole year, this helps to correct the mistakes, you have seven days. They can prepare well for their matches, but I do not agree that Roma is better than us. We deserved more in both occasions, we had two chances in the league then they scored…”

Satisfied with the two goals or more angry for the three goals conceded?
“It’s different from the match with Atalanta. Roma have quality, Gervinho has speed then sprints half a meter forward for the goal, and there’s the shot Strootman. What do you say to the team in these cases, but despite this we allowed the third goal. I’d say we are more satisfied for the goals.”

“Win against Milan and then we’ll see. The championship is the key to growyh, we have a lot of games and we can do it. We have to win this, then we’ll try to win against Roma and then we’ll do the same the following week. Now we have more balance and we can choose players for each match that play at a high level.”

On the reaction in Roma…
“Their was anger because we did not have a very good first half and we were losing 2-0. We must be attentive to the little details and our anger was essential. The key is to always start that way.”


The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.