Higuain not to blame for Napoli exit – Benitez

Having suffered a shock defeat, the Spaniard admits that his future at the club remains clouded but believes his side deserved better


Napoli boss Rafael Benitez has defended striker Gonzalo Higuain after his side were knocked out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage by Dnipro 2-1 on aggregate.

After the first leg ended 1-1 in Italy, a single goal from Yevhen Seleznyov secured the Ukrainians’ progress to the final.

The Serie A outfit passed up a number of chances, with Higuain especially guilty, yet the coach has absolved him of any individual blame.

“It isn’t important to talk about any mistakes Higuain made,” he told Mediaset. “We win and lose together.

“We had big chances both in the first and second half, but we couldn’t score. We deserved more.

“Their goal was strange, but that’s not important now; they are in the Europa League final and Napoli are not.”

Victory in the Europa League would have brought a spot in the Champions League next term, and with qualification unlikely due to their position in Serie A, the Spaniard has confessed his tenure remains delicate.

“I have to talk with [club president Aurelio] De Laurentiis and he will take a decision in the next few days,” the 55-year-old added.

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