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Rafa Benitez on the Sassuolo game, reflects on difficult times


Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says his side desperately need all three points when they face Sassuolo away from home on Sunday.

The Partenopei have struggled in their first part of the season and the Spaniard knows a win would boost the confidence of his players.

"We have to be focused [against Sassuolo]," Benitez said during Saturday's press conference.

"We have to analyse their game and make sure we improve in what we do on the pitch. We have to approach the game with intensity."

"The next game is always very important when a team has to win.

"We want to win tomorrow. But we have to improve and work hard. We have to improve defensively and the team as a whole has to improve.

"Besides the three goals we had eight clear chances against Palermo. I never complain about referees but there was a clear penalty on Duvan that would have changed the complexity of the match."

When asked to reply to those who believe he's not fit for the Italian Serie A, Benitez said: "No, [I'm not disappointed] but baffled [by such comments].

"But I immediately focus back on my job. I believe in the squad and things will change if we manage to win a set of consecutive games."

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