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Benitez tells Napoli to keep their cool

18 September 2014, 16:26

MILAN - Napoli's problems are mainly in the mind and should sort themselves out if their players can keep their cool, according to coach Rafael Benitez.

The Spaniard is already under pressure after his side lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Champions League playoff, a defeat which cost the club around 35 million euros ($45.10 million) in probable revenue from the group stage, and then lost 1-0 at home to Chievo last Sunday in Serie A.

"This year, it seems we have to be winning every match 5-0 by halftime, but if we were calmer, we would be winning more frequently," Benitez told reporters ahead of Sunday's visit to Udinese.

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"We have to control our nervous energy and stay lucid, because all the goals count, even when they are scored in the 90th minute.

"We have analysed Sunday's game and we have seen what we did well and where we went wrong. It's the same thing I have done for the last 28 years wherever I have been.

"We have to control matches the way we did against Chievo in the first half but we also have to avoid giving teams the chance to counter-attack."

Benitez added that the World Cup has affected the start of Napoli's season with forward Gonzalo Higuain, who played in the Argentina team which reached the final, finding it especially difficult to rediscover his form.

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