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Benítez lauds 'perfect' Napoli, Baup wants more

Published: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 23.48CET
Rafael Benítez hailed SSC Napoli after a "perfect" tactical performance helped defeat Olympique de Marseille, whose coach Élie Baup called for a response from his men.

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Match statistics

MarseilleNapoli

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)51
 
49
Total attempts10
 
10
on target4
 
5
off target6
 
5
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides3
 
4
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
14
Passes561
 
537
completed406
 
384

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 23.48CET

Benítez lauds 'perfect' Napoli, Baup wants more

Rafael Benítez hailed SSC Napoli after a "perfect" tactical performance helped defeat Olympique de Marseille, whose coach Élie Baup called for a response from his men.

Élie Baup, Marseille coach
We could have done better tonight. We lacked focus at certain times – in certain challenges and on a physical front when our opponents were on the attack. It cost us the first goal, which came at the end of an even first half. I changed the system in the second half and we got stronger.

Since the draw we knew it would be a hard task for us. We have experienced players and teams in the section. Everybody ranked us fourth. We have had good spells, including the first half at Arsenal. We now have two of our last three games away from home, so it will be very difficult.

We must show what we showed late in the game – motivation and taking risks. It is a tough time in the dressing room. I told the players not to be too disappointed because there is another game to win on Saturday.

Rafael Benítez, Napoli coach
I am satisfied because we won. For me it was easy to choose Dries Mertens [in the starting XI] because he is working very well in training. Also Duván Zapata is getting better day by day, while [Gonzalo] Higuaín is not yet 100% fit. The players made a sacrifice, giving all they could on the pitch.

My staff made a perfect analysis of Marseille and the team played a perfect game tactically. Against Roma we also performed well but we lost. A good approach to the game is always a help in getting a good result. Now we have two home games left so let's wait and see, but Napoli have demonstrated that they can cope with these kinds of situations.

Last updated: 24/10/13 0.03CET

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