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Rafa Benitez: Verona, Atalanta and Roma will be incredibly tough


Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says he will continue to rotate his team in the Europa League.

With a number of key players rested, the Partenopei suffered their first defeat in the competition but the Spaniard insists rotation is vital to fight in all competitions this season.

"I believe it's overreaction to say we're not on the right track after three consecutive wins, a draw in Milan [against Internazionale] and a defeat on an artificial pitch," Benitez said on Saturday.

"I can't think of the Young Boys game as a key game in the season, it would be a mistake.

"I'm convinced there is quality in the team and we will soon get back on winning terms.

"We have to use the whole squad to reach our objectives are lift a trophy.

"I've always rotated players and most of the times it went right. The lads who played [in mid-week] are quality, we created chances and had 11 shots on target.

"We lacked something in how we reacted after we conceded but we won two games in Europe and we can still qualify.

"Verona, Atalanta and Roma will be incredibly tough. This is Italian football but we're ready to give it our best shot.

"Gonzalo [Higuain] is a champion, I had a one-hour chat with him yesterday. A striker who doesn't score goals is like a trapped lion.

"He knows what he has to do, he scored wherever he played and he will score more goals [for us]."

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