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Rafa Benitez on the win, says goal was a studied move


Napoli coach Rafa Benitez was delighted after his side's hard-fought battle against Internazionale in the Italian Cup.

The game was won after Faouzi Ghoulam picked striker Gonzalo Higuain in stoppage time and the Spaniard says the move was not a fluke but a move developed on the training ground.

"Yes, the long throw is part of Faouzi's game," Benitez said.

"It is something we try during training and today he and [Gonzalo] Higuain were on the same wavelength, which is why we scored.

"Gonzalo is a champion, we knew it when we signed him.

"I trained many great players like Raul when he was only 17 but I would say Higuain is amongst the best in the business at the moment.

"We won against a quality side with a great coach [but] we showed intensity, just like Internazionale.

"In terms of entertainment and fighting spirit, the match was good publicity for Italian football.

"The lads are working hard in training and they are being rewarded on the pitch. We wanted to continue in this competition but we will now immediately shift our focus to the championship.

"Our objective is always to focus on the next game, this is the right mentality for a team that wants to go far in all competitions."

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