Football

Benitez hopes for Cup fillip

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez is hoping for a second Italian Cup final triumph in three years to help make up for the disappointment of failing to challenge for league and Champions League honours this season.

Napoli, sitting third in Serie A, head to Rome's Olympic Stadium tomorrow morning (Singapore time) as slight favourites against Fiorentina.

But after a painful exit from the Champions League group stages and having failed to launch a Scudetto challenge to league leaders Juventus, Benitez has warned that failure to overcome La Viola could leave their season in tatters.

"We want to lift the Cup because everyone's evaluation of our season will in large part depend on the result at the Olympic Stadium," Benitez said.

Napoli last triumphed in the final two years ago when Edinson Cavani and Marek Hamsik scored in a 2-0 win against Juventus. - AFP.