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Rafa Benitez: I don't ignore the defensive aspect of the game


Napoli coach Rafa Benitez was a happy man after his side's win against Udinese on Sunday.

The Partenopei were again at their very best in the offensive department with Dries Mertens and Manolo scoring two of Napoli's three goals.

Cyril Thereau's own goal secured the points for Benitez's men with the Spaniard eager to rectify defensive problems in his side.

"We started well, scoring two goals and creating chances," Benitez said.

"We then made a mistake, allowing them to score and we did struggle there although the lads did well to recover and control the game.

"We are an offensive team so the defenders have a difficult task.

"But I don't ignore the defensive aspect of the game. At Valencia and Liverpool [my teams] managed to score a lot of goals without conceding many.

"It's all about options; if I opt for five defenders then I can be relaxed on the bench smoking a cigar but I would of course lose offensive power. We want balance in the team and we are slowly getting there.

"We now won four straight games but we should not look too much at the table, we just have to focus on the next game."

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