Friday, 28 February 2014
'Porto are very strong' - Benitez wary of testing Napoli tie
Rafa Benitez has warned his Napoli charges that Porto represent very strong opposition in the last 16 of the Europa League.
The Partenopei reached next round of the competition with a 3-1 win over Swansea at the Stadio San Paolo on Thursday on the back of a 0-0 first-leg draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Porto, meanwhile, followed up a 2-2 draw at home with a 3-3 stalemate at Eintracht Frankfurt this week, with a strike from Nabil Ghilas four minutes from time sealing Paulo Fonseca's men's progress on away goals.
Benitez, who guided Chelsea to Europa League success last season, was hesitant regarding his team's chances of making the quarter-finals and is especially concerned with the leg at the Estadio do Dragao.
"Porto are a very strong team," the ex-Inter and Liverpool trainer told Sportmasta. "The market in Portugal is very different, there are 200 Brazilians who cannot wait to land there.
"The environment will be very difficult to deal with when we go to their stadium, it will be a very difficult test."
Napoli, who sit third in Serie A, kick off at Livorno on Sunday in their next match at 18:30CET.