Buoyant Benitez expects dominant display from Napoli
Having recruited the ex-Inter boss as well as a host of top talents such as Gonzalo Higuain, Pepe Reina and Dries Mertens among others, he was in confident mood ahead of their clash with Bologna.
Benitez first joked that his Italian was improving before stating: “I am very motivated and I hope the enthusiasm of everyone at the club continues to grow.
“The most important thing is that we play well and make our opponents worry about us,” he said but wouldn’t reveal any tactics. “I only tell my players the line up 10 minutes before the game because I like to keep them on their toes and besides I do not know the team myself yet as we have a very strong side.”
He also rallied his side by declaring that while he acknowledges reigning champions Juventus are favourites, that will count for little now that a new season has started.
“Juve are the favourites because they won the last two and signed Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente but favourites do not always win and there are many strong teams so we will see in the end who can do it.”