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Rafa Benitez on the win, rotation and Dries Mertens


Napoli boss Rafa Benitez was relieved after his side fought back against Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

An early Josef Husbauer goal came as a shock for the Partenopei who were coming from a home defeat against Chievo but fought hard to restore parity minutes later and to win the game in the second half.

"We started well but they pressed us high up the pitch," Benitez told reporters after the win.

"It was not easy and lost control of the ball in more than one occasion, allowing them to counter.

"It was important to win playing well, especially after conceding early.

"No rotation? Depends by what you mean by 'rotation'. Today we started with Henrique, Britos, Gargano and Mertens, all were yet to feature. All players will be important this season."

With Lorenzo Insigne on the bench, Dries Mertens was again one of the best players on the pitch but Benitez says both players will feature this season.

"All players have to be 100% ready when called into action," added the Spaniard.

"Lorenzo [Insigne] did well when he played and today it was Mertens' turn to show how good he is.

"But we'll see for the Udinese game, it will not be easy for those who started today to recover."

Meanwhile, Napoli announced through Nicola Lombardo, director of the communications area, that manager Rafa Benitez will not face the media before this weekend's away game against Udinese.

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