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Napoli affected by Benfica collapse - Sarri

10:50 am AEDT 24/11/16
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Having been held at home, the Napoli coach blamed his side's disappointing performance on the earlier result in Group B

Maurizio Sarri believes his Napoli side were "negatively affected" by Benfica's draw at Besiktas as they also slipped up and were held by Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.

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The Serie A side would have progressed to the knockout stages had they and Group B rivals Benfica both won on Wednesday, but the Portuguese outfit blew a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 before the later game kicked off at San Paolo.

And after seeing his Napoli team booed by their supporters at the end of a goalless stalemate, Sarri admitted that the group's other result was to blame as no result could guarantee qualification.

"We went out for the warm-up with Benfica winning 3-1, and then the news came that it was 3-3," he told Mediaset Premium.

"The boys realised that a win or a draw would not give us anything more. This has negatively affected us.

"Up to a quarter of an hour from the beginning [of the match], there was great desire to win. It is difficult not to be influenced by anything."

Benfica top Group B ahead of their final game against Napoli, who are level on points with eight apiece.