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Sunday 4 December 2016

Rafa Benitez aims to shock Dniprot

Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez is in his second season in charge of Serie A side Napoli
Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez is in his second season in charge of Serie A side Napoli

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez is confident his side can overcome Dnipro tonight and reach the final of the Europa League (Live 3e, kick-off 8.05pm).

The Italians travel to Kiev's Olympic stadium needing to score after Yevhen Seleznyov's late equaliser handed Dnipro a precious away goal in last week's 1-1 draw in the opening leg in Naples.

"We can go there and win," Benitez said.

"I am optimistic because we have the potential to get to the final.

"I expect a defensive game from Dnipro but I don't think they can afford to risk just closing themselves down.

"We will go out on the pitch with the same mentality we always have.

"I believe if we play the way we did in the first leg and if we display the same fighting spirit and determination we showed last week, we can progress."

Dnipro will have a crowd of 70,000 fans cheering them on at the stadium, for a tie coach Myron Markevych described as "an historic game."

Meanwhile, in tonight's other semi-final second leg, reigning champions Sevilla take an impressive 3-0 lead to Italy to face Fiorentina.

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