Oct 1, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Arsenal
2-0
Napoli
Ozil (8'), Giroud (15')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Valon Behrami: 'Napoli were poor at Arsenal'

Napoli's Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami takes part in a press conference on September 17, 2013
© Getty Images
Valon Behrami says that Napoli did not play well during their Champions League clash at Arsenal on Tuesday.

Napoli midfielder Valon Behrami has admitted that his side put in a below-par performance against Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Italian giants were swept aside 2-0 by the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium thanks to goals from Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud in the first half.

Behrami feels that his side did not play well but insists that Napoli must stay calm ahead of their next clash with Marseille in Group F.

"We all knew that when you give away two goals to Arsenal at their home ground, it makes things even harder and is likely to make the result as bad as it can be," Behrami told reporters. "We had a very poor first half and then in the second half we pulled ourselves together. We stuck together and gave ourselves something to focus on, even if the result was not good for us.

"It is normal that when you play away from home in the Champions League, you will come up against a really tough team, but we really didn't expect to play that badly.

"Next we have two decisive matches against Olympique de Marseille and they will crucial to us qualifying. We have had one good match and one bad match, so let's not get carried away. Let's stay calm and get back to playing in the league on Sunday."

The defeat was Napoli's first under new manager Rafael Benitez.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates with team mate Mesut Ozil after scoring his team's second goal against Napoli during their Champions League group match on October 1, 2013
Read Next:
Arteta plays down Arsenal form
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1AC Milan11003033
2Inter Milan11003033
3Juventus11003033
4Napoli11003123
5AC Chievo VeronaChievo11002113
6Sampdoria11002113
7Roma11001013
8Bologna10101101
9Torino10101101
10Genoa10100001
11Lazio10100001
12SPALSPAL10100001
13SassuoloSassuolo10100001
14BeneventoBenevento100112-10
15Udinese100112-10
16Atalanta BCAtalanta100101-10
17Hellas VeronaHellas Verona100113-20
18CagliariCagliari100103-30
19Crotone100103-30
20Fiorentina100103-30