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Benítez applauds Napoli approach

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 23.30CET
Rafael Benítez "appreciated my team's attitude" as SSC Napoli opened their Group F campaign with a win against Borussia Dortmund that left Jürgen Klopp full of regret.

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Match statistics

NapoliDortmund

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts14
 
13
on target9
 
8
off target5
 
5
blocked2
 
3
against woodwork0
1
Corners8
 
3
Offsides1
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed14
 
14
Fouls suffered13
 
13
Passes606
 
469
completed465
 
327

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 23.30CET

Benítez applauds Napoli approach

Rafael Benítez "appreciated my team's attitude" as SSC Napoli opened their Group F campaign with a win against Borussia Dortmund that left Jürgen Klopp full of regret.

Rafael Benítez, Napoli coach
We played well, but the road is still long and we must keep working. We knew that Dortmund were a dangerous team, especially with [Robert] Lewandowski, and even when they were reduced to ten men, they tried to hit us on the counterattack. For this, especially, I appreciated my team's attitude tonight. Our squad is a strong one and my decision [to field Lorenzo Insigne instead of Goran Pandev] does not get me credit; the rewards are for him [match winner Insigne].

The atmosphere here is fantastic, our fans are wonderful. Let's see how far we can go
Rafael Benítez
We definitely did not put in our best display today, but nothing is lost yet
Jürgen Klopp

We lacked a bit of control in the game in the final minutes. We needed more possession, but unfortunately the third goal didn't come and we were under pressure until the end. The atmosphere here is fantastic, our fans are wonderful. Let's see how far we can go. This victory is good for confidence.

Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund coach
The atmosphere among the players is fairly mediocre to be honest. Without [Roman] Weidenfeller's red card and Mats's [Hummels] injury and my red card, we would have perhaps managed to get a result here. So much went wrong today. My actions before I was sent off were silly and I have to take the full blame for it. I've already apologised to my team and to the referee and acknowledge the fact it was my own fault.

We definitely did not put in our best display today, but nothing is lost yet. We  lost this match by the smallest of margins. We now know we can beat Napoli – if we play well. However, we didn't stick to our game plan, especially in the first half. We were not aggressive enough, but still won a lot of balls because our opponents had a lot of respect for us. Our passing wasn't good enough to take advantage of this. In the second half we were down to ten men, but still pulled a goal back and hit the crossbar. All things considered, it would have been great if we had taken a point.



Last updated: 06/12/13 16.22CET

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