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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

W W W D D

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

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23:50
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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 36 +51 88
2 36 +43 76
3 36 +37 74
4 36 +13 64
5 36 +16 60
6 36 +6 55
7 36 +7 54
8 36 +0 51
9 36 +1 49
10 36 -1 45
11 36 -5 43
12 36 -9 43
13 36 -7 41
14 36 -11 41
15 36 -5 40
16 36 -24 38
17 36 -19 35
18 36 -28 35
19 36 -36 31
20 36 -29 25

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