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Benitez Not Surprised By Loss

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez says he was not surprised by his side’s 3-0 loss to Juventus on Sunday, but said his team will bounce back.

Napoli surrendered second place on the Serie A log to Juventus with the loss. Napoli are now lying third on the standings with 28 points from their 12 league matches while Juventus are on 31 points.

Despite the loss Benitez insists that Napoli are improving and considering they do not have the budget of a big team like Juventus, they are doing really well in the league.

“Intelligent people know that Juve are still a strong team,” said Benitez.

“Napoli are improving, but Juve have won for a long time and has a budget of 100 million (euros) more than we do.

“We knew that this game will be difficult but at least we have learned from it.

“This loss will make us stronger.”

Npoli were a goal behind after only two minutes thanks to a goal from Fernando Llorente and Benitez admits that changed his view of the game and their tactical approach.

“To be behind early on against a team that is so strong changes everything,” added Benitez.

“We struggled for 15 minutes and then we showed quality and character until Juve scored two beautiful goals.

“It is no consolation, because we lost, but everyone knows we are only at 75 per cent and we have room for improvement.”

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