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After Napoli finished third in Serie A, coach Rafa Benitez said the team will be even stronger in the next season.

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It ended the first season for Rafa Benitez on Napoli’s bench, season in which the Spanish tactician has managed to lead the team on the podium in Serie A and win Coppa Italia.

Early in the season, besides Benitez’s coming with a new football philosophy, there were few changes in the squad, after being transferred important players like Higuain or Calejon.

But the coach from Stadio San Paolo said that his team will be even stronger in the next season after he set up a team with good players on long term.

“It was a positive year and we can be even stronger next year,” he told reporters.

“I like scoring a lot because it shows that you have a proactive mentality and we have the third best defence in the division, despite a lot of criticism.

“That means that we have found our balance over time and we play a quality game. You must add to that we’ve qualified for Europe for a fifth straight year and this is a very important milestone.

“We have worked a lot and we had a better transfer market than anyone else in Serie A. We lowered the average age of the team by two years and we have many important players for the future in the team.

“I work for the team but also for the club to create a structure for the long term. I live season by season but I may well stay here for 10 years.”