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Forget Benitez, at Napoli it’s the president who’s in charge

15 April 2015, 17:16

Rome — With Rafa Benitez reportedly ready to leave at the end of the season, Napoli president and film producer Aurelio De Laurentiis is taking matters into his own hands ahead of a Europa League quarterfinal match against Wolfsburg.

De Laurentiis ordered the squad into a permanent training camp after getting eliminated by Lazio last week in the Italian Cup semifinals.

The hotel that the squad was put up in reportedly had no hot water and no functioning kitchen at times, prompting some players to order out for dinner.

After a convincing 3-0 win over Fiorentina on Sunday — which ended a five-match winless streak in Serie A — players were allowed out for one night but had to report back the next day to prepare for Thursday's match in Germany.

"I've decided that the squad will go into training camp indefinitely," De Laurentiis wrote on Twitter. "Napoli is a city full of distractions and now is the time for maximum concentration. Success has to be based on discipline."

Also read: Napoli lining up Benitez successor: reports

Members of Napoli's staff disagreed with the move.

"My colleagues can oppose it but the decision is up to me," De Laurentiis said.

Napoli is attempting to win only its second European trophy, after Diego Maradona led the southern club to what was then known as the UEFA Cup in 1989.

De Laurentiis bought Napoli in 2004 when the club was bankrupt and has seen the squad rise from the third division to a perennial challenger in Serie A.

In the other quarterfinal matches, it's: Dynamo Kiev vs. Fiorentina; defending champion Sevilla vs. 2008 winner Zenit St. Petersburg; and Brugge vs. Dnipro.

Here are a few things to know about Thursday's matches:

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