Napoli will just get better, Benitez warns Arsenal

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Speaking after last night's Champions League win at Marseille, Napoli boss Rafa Benitez warned future opponents that his side have room for improvement.

The Italian press were full of praise for Napoli after last night's 2-1 win away to Marseille, but Rafa Benitez feels his Azzurri only showed 75% of their potential.

Goals from Jose Callejon and Duvan Zapata secured the three precious Champions League points and La Gazzetta dello Sport hailed Benitez's shrewd tactical decisions on a glorious night for the Partenopei.

While the win left Napoli level on points with Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund and boosted their chances of escaping Group F, their Spanish tactician still doesn't feel we have seen the best of his team.

"This is 75 percent of what we are capable of," Benitez told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Nonetheless, the team played excellently and gave their all. My staff did a great job scouting Marseille, so everyone knew exactly what they had to do and did it well.

"We know that Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund are strong teams so we had to win this game and we did."

Benitez modestly shrugged off his own role in Napoli's win and his decision to replace Gonzalo Higuain with Colombian marksman Zapata in the 58th minute.

"It's easy for me to make the right decisions when I have players like Zapata and Dries Mertens," he insisted. "Mertens works this hard every day in training, Duvan gets better with every day and Higuain can't play all of every game. Everyone is training well and very focused."

Napoli play Marseille again on November 6th before visiting Borussia Dortmund on November 26th and a potentially decisive final group game against Arsenal on December 11th at the Stadio San Paolo.

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