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Rafa Benitez on Sassuolo, says Gonzalo Higuain can be replaced


Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says quality is a must if they are to take anything away from Monday's game against Sassuolo.

No team in Italy has been as impressive as the Partenopei this year and the brilliant mid-week win against Trabzonspor shows why the Spaniard is delighted with what his team produced so far.

"It will be difficult on Monday, we have to produce a quality performance and use our head," Benitez told Radio Kiss Kiss.

"Sassuolo are a very good team, very confident. We have to approach the game with the right concentration to win the game.

"[In the Europa League] we played a good game and registered a result everyone is happy with. We were focused on the job and this is what I really liked about the performance."

Striker Gonzalo Higuain will miss Monday's game through suspension but the Spaniard is confident there are enough options in the offensive department to replace the Argentine.

"[Manolo] Gabbiadini is doing exceptionally well," he said.

"But so is [Jose] Callejon who scored 9 goals so far this season. Duvan [Zapata] is an important asset and [Marek] Hamsik and [Jonathan] De Guzman can produce assists. And [Dries] Mertens is a pure talent.

"And when Lorenzo [Insigne] will be back from injury, we will have even more quality in the squad.

"So we have options [for when Gonzalo Higuain is absent] and if we call this a "problem" then it's a blessing in disguise because having plenty of players to choose from is a positive sign."

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