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Benitez calls for attack-minded Napoli

11 February 2014 17:31

Rafael Benitez feels his Napoli side need to be at their attacking best in Wednesday's Coppa Italia semi-final second leg against Roma.

Napoli trail Roma 3-2 from the first leg after Gervinho scored the winner two minutes from time at the Stadio Olimpico.

The defeat was the second time Roma have beaten Napoli this season and Benitez believes his players must approach the game on the front foot if they are to overturn their first-leg deficit.

"To get to the final would be perfect. Roma are a tough obstacle, though," he said.

"We will play a very intense game. We have already lost twice to them this season, despite playing very well, but this time we're at home.

"I would be happy winning 1-0 but I want to do it playing attacking football."

Third-placed Napoli go into the game having completed the league double over Milan with a 3-1 win on Saturday, a result that leaves them four points off Wednesday's opponents in Serie A, having played a game more.

Despite Roma enjoying an impressive season, Benitez has belief in his Napoli side as they look to reach their second Coppa Italia final in three years.

"I have faith in my team, I don't think about Roma," he added.

"They have quality players too and are doing well, but I only think about my players and giving them confidence."

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Info

3 - 0

Roma

W W W W D
Competition
Coppa Italia
Date
12 February 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0
On aggregate
5 - 3
Venue
Stadio San Paolo (Napoli)
Attendance
40000

Goals

José Callejón 33'
(assist by C. Maggio) 
1 - 0
G. Higuaín 48'
(assist by Jorginho) 
2 - 0
Jorginho 51'
(assist by D. Mertens) 
3 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
33
21
31
11 57'
88
17
8 51'
9 48'
14
7 33' 74'
Coach: Rafael Benítez

Substitutes

Saturday 20 September

Friday 19 September

23:17
23:13
22:42
22:42
22:20
21:48
21:17
21:09
20:47
19:51
19:48
19:21
19:18
18:58
18:53
18:51
18:33
18:25
18:13
17:38
17:16
17:10
16:51
16:51
16:43
16:37
16:16
16:01
15:53
15:32
15:08
15:00
14:44
14:09
13:58
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11:56
11:10
10:34
10:19
10:15
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09:49
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08:09
07:28
06:51
06:20
06:09
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05:14
04:39
04:22
04:10
03:27
02:34
02:31
02:04
01:23
00:59
00:59
00:42

Thursday 18 September

23:52
23:29
23:29
23:08
22:56
22:20
20:59
20:58
20:52
19:09
18:57
18:53
18:41
18:37
18:30
18:14
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17:55
17:46
17:46
17:20
17:15
16:59
16:44
16:38
16:37
16:36
16:35
16:25
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14:36
14:14
14:13
14:12
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13:42
13:23
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12:43
12:41
12:28
12:27
12:07
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11:38
11:23
11:01
11:00
10:45
10:33
10:22
10:17
09:59
09:46
09:38
08:00
07:08
06:58
06:12
05:31
05:20
04:52
04:48
04:03
03:29
03:27
03:14
02:59
02:33
01:16
00:25
00:24
00:19
00:07
00:04
00:00

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