Sarri praises Napoli character after potentially risky clash

Sarri praises Napoli character after potentially risky clash

Notizie | 05/02/2018

After Napoli’s 2-0 win away at local rivals Benevento, Maurizio Sarri was glad to emerge with three points after what was a potentially tricky test for his players.

"This was an important win, which we got with character. This could have been a banana skin for us.

"We were up against a team that has been reborn and is upbeat after their new arrivals. They really wanted to put in a good display and were very determined.

"They were bright from the start and they caused us a few issues in the opening exchanges. This game means a great deal to them and they gave everything. We did well to keep control and manage the game when we took the lead.

"I’ll say it again - today’s game could have been a pitfall for us, because this Benevento side showed great determination. The team had the right mentality, though we perhaps could have been more creative."

With both and Juve continuing to pick up points with real consistency, the coach added: "We’re competing with a side that is used to winning. We’re doing better than we – and perhaps our opponents – could have predicted.

"We maybe feel under less pressure than previously and have more experience, but there’s still a long way to go. We’ll have to stay focused so as not to let up.

"We are giving 100% and not just in footballing terms. This team has human and moral characteristics that are very important. If we are able to bring those out on the pitch, just like our technical ability, as we have been doing, then we can continue giving our best. Then we’ll see how far we can go."