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De Laurentiis: 'Spectacular' Supercoppa Win

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis believes Italian soccer came out the real winner following Monday night’s Supercoppa, which last season’s Coppa Italia winner won on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Juventus, last season’s league winner, after overtime. “Tonight Italian soccer won,” De Laurentiis told Rai Sport. “Napoli-Juventus is a fixture which even since Serie B has provided great games. We got lucky on the penalties, let’s say this was a rehearsal for what we’ll see in the League.”

He added: “This match will spur us on in the next two weeks [during the winter break], now we have the League and we’ll try to improve the team in the transfer market. For the rest of the season I expect the lads to honor the shirt the way they did today. We’ll strengthen the team and try to finish the season well.”

Napoli entered the winter break in fourth-place, level on points with third-place Lazio, which has a superior goal difference. The race for Italy’s third and final UEFA Champions League slot should be interesting, as just two points separate Lazio in third from AC Milan in seventh.

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