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Roma game no title decider, Benitez insists

16 October 2013 13:32

Rafael Benitez says the Serie A title will not be decided by Friday's top-of-the-table clash between Napoli and Roma.

The Spaniard takes his Napoli team to the Stadio Olimpico to face a Roma side that have yet to drop a single point from their seven top-flight matches.

Benitez's men have also started the campaign in impressive form, winning six of their seven games with the only blip being a 1-1 draw with bottom side Sassuolo last month.

But the former Liverpool boss insists the fixture will have little bearing on the final standings.

Speaking to Il Mattino, he said: "There are a lot of matches in Serie A and it is a race based on resistance.

"The championship is won at the end of the season, not on Friday night."

Benitez moved to the Stadio San Paolo in the close-season, replacing former incumbent Walter Mazzarri, who took the vacant post at Inter - one of Benitez's former clubs.

And the 53-year-old is looking to build a culture of success in Naples.

"We have to remain close to perfection in an effort to win something," he added.

"That is our message - we want to be strong as a team and a club.

"Rather than winning once, I'd prefer to remain at the top for five years."

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Roma

L W D W W

2 - 0

Competition
Serie A
Date
18 October 2013
Game week
8
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
Venue
Stadio Olimpico (Roma)
Attendance
39000

Goals

M. Pjanić 45'+4  
1 - 0
M. Pjanić (PG) 71'  
2 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
26
13
17 90+2'
5
3
16
15 45+4' 71' 74'
6
24
10
27
Coach: R. Garcia

Substitutes

Friday 26 August

Thursday 25 August

23:13
22:50
22:22
21:45
21:07
20:45
20:28
20:20
19:56
19:33
19:10
18:55
18:40
18:16
18:09
17:41
17:39
17:30
17:04
16:58
16:33
16:29
16:16
16:04
15:57
15:39
15:11
14:57
14:29
14:17
14:12
14:05
13:52
13:35
13:19
12:47
12:32
12:23
12:23
12:17
12:03
11:59
11:51
11:29
11:07
10:56
10:44
09:59
09:50
09:43
09:21
09:06
06:31
06:31
05:25
03:21
03:17
03:02
02:21
01:59
01:19
01:05
01:02
00:28
00:19

Wednesday 24 August

23:41
23:16
22:44
22:05
21:20
20:45
20:12
20:07
20:00
19:37
18:58
18:34
18:15
18:11
17:53
17:52
17:17
17:16
16:37
16:36
16:20
16:11
15:28
14:59
14:56
14:36
14:18
13:57
13:36
13:35
13:32
13:26
13:12
12:48
12:19
11:35
10:40
09:54
09:26
09:07
07:19
07:08
06:15
04:28
04:26
02:17
01:40
01:31
00:32
00:03
00:02

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 1 +4 3
2 1 +2 3
3 1 +2 3
4 1 +1 3
5 1 +1 3
6 1 +1 3
7 1 +1 3
8 1 +1 3
9 1 +1 3
10 1 +0 1
11 1 +0 1
12 1 -1 0
13 1 -1 0
14 1 -1 0
15 1 -1 0
16 1 -1 0
17 1 -1 0
18 1 -2 0
19 1 -2 0
20 1 -4 0

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