Oct 23, 2014 at 6pm UK at ​Stade de Suisse
Young Boys
2-0
Napoli
Hoarau (52'), Bertone (92')
Vilotic (30'), Sanogo (50'), Lecjaks (55')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Jorginho (67'), Ghoulam (72')

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez: 'We lacked desire'

Rafael Benitez head coach of Napoli during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off first leg match between SSC Napoli and Athletic Club on August 19, 2014
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Napoli boss Rafael Benitez says that his players lacked intensity and desire during their defeat to Young Boys.

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has questioned his players' desire following their surprise 2-0 defeat to Young Boys in the Europa League group stage.

The Spaniard admitted that his side lacked intensity during the game and said that conceding the first goal threw them into disarray.

"We lacked defensive intensity when they had scoring opportunities and that is why we conceded," the former Chelsea and Inter Milan coach told reporters.

"I anticipated a different game. We controlled the game but after the goal we clammed up. On the second goal we got the defensive marking wrong - this has happened in too many games now.

"In the first half we should've hurt them with our counter-attacks but, after going behind, we didn't have the intensity and pace to avoid their counters. We lacked the desire to win games a few times this campaign. We must improve in that respect."

The result sees Napoli drop to second in Group I, with Young Boys moving ahead of them on goal difference.

Rafael Benitez head coach of Napoli during the UEFA Champions League qualifying play-off first leg match between SSC Napoli and Athletic Club on August 19, 2014
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