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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 L 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

Substitutes

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Friday 5 February

23:56
23:23
22:57
22:45
22:39
22:32
21:59
21:53
21:51
21:34
20:25
19:39
19:14
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18:35
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17:38
17:36
17:31
17:13
16:39
16:30
15:55
15:47
15:39
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14:52
14:19
14:15
13:47
13:29
12:54
12:36
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08:53
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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 23 +33 53
2 23 +28 51
3 24 +19 46
4 23 +10 44
5 23 +17 41
6 23 +9 39
7 23 +0 33
8 23 -3 33
9 24 -3 33
10 24 -3 30
11 23 -1 28
12 23 -4 27
13 23 -4 27
14 23 -16 26
15 24 -4 25
16 23 -13 25
17 23 -6 24
18 23 -17 19
19 23 -24 19
20 23 -18 14

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