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Mario Rui: "Hard-fought win - a big morale boost"

Notizie | 25/08/2019

Napoli's battling victory against Fiorentina is a fillip for the team heading into next week's clash with Juventus, says Mario Rui.

“It was an extremely difficult first match for us,” the Portuguese full-back admitted in the wake of Saturday's 4-3 triumph at the Stadio Franchi.

“We knew it would be and it was quite clear out there. Fiorentina are a great team and were buoyed by enthusiasm.

“Napoli have always found it tough at the Franchi. Today we can be pleased with the way we won by battling and digging in. Games like this make you stronger.

“We made a few mistakes but we responded well to them and managed to turn the result around. We were far from perfect in the first half but we deserved to win.

“Regardless of how well we played, it was important to win today because coming out on top of such a hard-fought match gives you a huge morale boost.

“Now we have Juventus already. We'll start focusing on that match on Monday because we want to come away with a good result.”