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Rafa Benitez on the Slovan game, says Marek Hamsik is pivotal for Napoli


Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says the disappointing result against Empoli already belongs to the past.

The Partenopei host Slovan Bratislava in the Europa League on Thursday and the Spaniard insists that his players are fully focused on the job.

"I always say that the most important game is the next one," Benitez said during Wednesday's press conference.

"Our focus is on [tomorrow's game] against Slovan because the first place in the group is important."

Midfielder Marek Hamsik is yet to shine for the Partenopei this season but the Spaniard insists the 27-year is only lacking confidence.

"He works hard, but he's not performing at the level he can reach," Benitez said.

"He lacks confidence but he's vital for us. He will start tomorrow. Others would relegate him on the bench but I prefer to show faith."

Asked to comment on the possibility of facing Liverpool in the next round of the competition, Benitez said: "I did watch the game.

"But I don't want to focus too much on the next Europa League draw."

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