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

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

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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."
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