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Video: New Napoli coach Rafa Benitez looks ahead to Emirates Cup

Modified 20 Mar 2019, 14:54 IST

Rafa Benitez, the first foreigner to manage Napoli in over a decade, says he is excited about the quality in his squad.
The Italian side are continuing their pre-season preparations in London with the two-day Emirates Cup.
Paolo Cannavaro, Napoli captain (on the new season)

“Listen we have positive feelings because some big players left but some equally big players have come in. These players have won trophies elsewhere and can bring a winning mentality to the club. This will allow us to produce a Napoli side at the top level. As I’ve said before we’re trying to do everything the coach asks us. We’re very ready for the season – there’s no doubt about it.”

Rafa Benitez, Napoli Coach (on Pepe Reina)

“Obviously I know the situation and I was surprised because we were trying to sign Julio Cesar, it was a surprise when Pepe Reina was available. For us it was a big boost. Really important because he’s a great player so really pleased with that. I think?he has a lot of respect for the club (Liverpool) and I was talking to him about that. He was surprised with the decision. He was surprised because nobody told him but still he has a very good relationship with the fans and with the club so I don’ think that he has any problem with them.”

Rafa Benitez, Napoli Coach (on signing Gonzalo Higuain)

“He’s a great player and it was an easy decision for me. I told the chairman that I liked the player so the technical director and the chairman – they were quick – and after we signed the player I was really pleased because he’s top class player.”

Published 03 Aug 2013, 13:01 IST
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