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Rafa Benitez on the Udinese game, rotation and a top-two finish


Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says rotation will be adopted for tonight's Italian Cup game against Udinese.

The Partenopei will want to continue their positive momentum after the impressive away win against in-form Lazio and the Spaniard insists that the Italian Cup will again be taken seriously by his team.

"We want to go far in the Italian Cup," Benitez said.

"We already know what it means to lift this trophy and we want to do it again.

"It is clear that from now on, with more games in mid-week, and with the Europa League coming up, we have to use all our energy.

"This group is strong and is quality and everyone will have the opportunity to play so as to add healthy competition inside the squad.

"[Manolo] Gabbiadini will probably start, he should finally make his debut from the first minute.

"But other players who featured less will play, especially with [Raul] Albiol and [Gokhan] Inler suspended."

After a positive run of results, Napoli are only eight points from second-placed Roma and Benitez says a fight for a top-two finish is a possibility.

"Never say never in football," the Spaniard explained.

"But we have to take it one game at a time. Three points for a win are a lot, especially when you consider that there are 19 games to go.

"So anything is possible. But at the moment I am focused on the growth of the squad and the way we're improving I would say we can enjoy a better second round that the first."

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