Napoli will play like it's the Champions League, says Benitez

The Spaniard does not think Swansea will be weakened by their managerial change but believes the Partenopei are better now than they were at the tail-end of 2012
Napoli boss Rafa Benitez says his side will treat their Europa League clash Swansea City like a Champions League tie.

The Partenopei were eliminated from Europe's elite competition before Christmas as a result of their inferior head-to-head record, with Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal progressing at their expense.

But Benitez - who lifted the trophy with Chelsea last year - says his charges will treat their upcoming Europa League clash as though they were still in Europe's premier tournament.

"Swansea are a good team, we have to play with the same character shown in the Champions League," Benitez told reporters.

"The message is that we play every game to win, in a game like this - over two legs - it will be important to score away from home.

"We are a more solid and balanced team than last year, thanks to our efforts and signings in January."

Benitez thinks that Swansea's recent managerial change - Michael Laudrup was sacked and Garry Monk placed in temporary charge - will not weaken them and revealed striker Gonzalo Higuain and defender Raul Albiol are doubts to play in midweek.

"Swansea have changed coaches but a Premier League club is never an easy challenge," the Spaniard added.

"We have to evaluate in training whether Higuain will be fit, while Albiol is not 100 per cent."