Published On: Thu, Dec 12th, 2013

Benitez: Napoli must be proud of what was accomplished

Rafa Benitez Napoli coach believes his players and fans should be proud of the Azzurri’s performance after defeating 2-0 on Wednesday even though it was not enough to progress through to the next round of the .

The victory was not enough to push the Partenopei through to the round of 16 in the competition, but the Spaniard is adamant that the squad is heading in the right direction.

“It is not easy to play at this level and with this intensity in every match but the squad did well, especially in the second half when we deserved to win,” he told Mediaset Premium.

“I would have liked to have scored earlier in order to press later on. It wasn’t easy to push as Arsenal are a squad that can punish you.

“We must be proud of what we have done. We are a squad that is growing and today we showed that we can play at certain levels even if we can improve on a few things.

“This is the right path. The sacrifices of this squad and all of the fans made the difference against a team like Arsenal.

“The match against Inter? After the Champions League and after this effort we must charge the squad once again. It will be a difficult match but it can be an important turning point in order to cancel out the feeling that we are missing something.

“Now the Europa League is the target? No, we must look to the championship as the Europa League is in February.”

Follow Adriano Boin on Twitter: @Boin44

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Adriano Boin

- A passionate F.C. Internazionale supporter since the young age of 10, my love for the club came about on a family trip to Italy after their signing of Roberto Baggio. Much to the dismay of my father (a Milan fan) my love for the club only grew stronger and has taken me on trips to Genova and Boston to see my club in action. The greatest of these journeys was being blessed by incredible luck (to which this day I still cannot comprehend) which allowed me to travel to Madrid, see the 2010 Champions League Final in the flesh and experience a week-long trip that will probably never be surpassed. Feel free to add me on Twitter to talk about Inter, Italy or calcio in general @Boin44

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