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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

D W D 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

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23:48
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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 20 +35 49
2 20 +18 42
3 20 +11 36
4 20 +13 34
5 20 +8 34
6 20 +9 31
7 20 +3 28
8 20 +0 27
9 20 -2 27
10 20 +3 26
11 20 +3 26
12 20 -4 25
13 20 -4 25
14 20 -10 24
15 20 -10 20
16 20 -7 19
17 20 -11 19
18 20 -10 18
19 20 -21 12
20 20 -24 9

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