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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 L D 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

Wednesday 28 September

Tuesday 27 September

23:55
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Monday 26 September

22:53
22:21
21:21
20:45
20:33
19:59
19:48
19:32
19:23
19:11
18:46
18:39
18:17
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11:10
10:37
09:49
09:19
08:43
07:01
06:57
05:22
00:58
00:25
00:16
00:13

Serie A table

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

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