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ROME---With Rafa Benitez
reportedly ready to leave at the
end of the season, Napoli presi-
dent and film producer Aurelio
De Laurentiis is taking matters
into his own hands ahead of a
Europa League quarterfinal match
De Laurentiis ordered the squad
into a permanent training camp
after getting eliminated by Lazio
last week in the Italian Cup semi-
The hotel that the squad was
put up in reportedly had no hot
water and no functioning kitchen
at times, prompting some players
to order out for dinner.
After a convincing 3-0 win over
Fiorentina on Sunday --- which
ended a five-match winless streak
in Serie A --- players were allowed
out for one night but had to report
back the next day to prepare for
Thursday s match in Germany.
"I ve decided that the squad will
go into training camp indefinitely,"
De Laurentiis wrote on Twitter.
"Napoli is a city full of distractions
and now is the time for maximum
concentration. Success has to be
based on discipline."
"My colleagues can oppose it
but the decision is up to me," De
Napoli is attempting to win only
its second European trophy, after
Diego Maradona led the southern
club to what was then known as
the UEFA Cup in 1989.
De Laurentiis bought Napoli in
2004 when the club was bankrupt
and has seen the squad rise from
the third division to a perennial
challenger in Serie A.
In the other quarterfinal match-
es, it s: Dynamo Kiev vs. Fiorenti-
na; defending champion Sevilla vs.
2008 winner Zenit St. Petersburg; and
Brugge vs. Dnipro.
Here are a few things to know about
today s matches:
Defending champion Sevilla is unde-
feated at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium
over 32 matches, having most recently
rallied from two goals down to hold
Barcelona to a 2-2 draw in the Spanish
"We ll see what our limit is at the
end of the season," Sevilla defender
Fernando Navarro said.
While the atmosphere may not be
as tense as at Napoli, Fiorentina is also
under pressure to produce when it visits
The Tuscan squad was also elimi-
nated from the Italian Cup semifinals
last week --- with a 3-0 home loss to
Juventus --- then followed that up with
the defeat by the same score at Napoli.
Having been beaten by Napoli in last
season s Italian Cup final, Fiorentina
is still seeking its first trophy of any
kind since shoe and leather entrepre-
neur Diego Della Valle purchased the
club in 2002.
Fiorentina had also gone bankrupt
and had to restart in the fourth division
when Della Valle rescued the club.
Fiorentina is unbeaten in its last 11
European away matches --- with eight
wins and three draws --- while Dynamo
has won all five of its European home
games this season by margins of two
goals or more.
Dynamo is also the top-scoring side
left in the competition, with 22 goals
in 10 matches --- an average of 2.2 per
Bas Dost is emerging as an assist
man, not just a goal scorer. The Dutch-
man has 13 goals in 16 Bundesliga
matches so far this season but has hit
a dry spell recently.
Not to worry: Dost provided the final
key pass for both Wolfsburg goals in
the 2-0 win at Hamburg over the
Usually, it s Kevin de Bruyne who
assists on Wolfsburg s goals. And he
did begin both scoring moves, before
Dost set them up.
"The second goal, the way he set it
up, was especially brilliant," De Bruyne
said. "He doesn t have to score all the
time. If he sets up goals that s good,
Dost also has five assists to go with
his five goals in the Europa League this
season. Wolfsburg is attempting to
knock out a second consecutive Italian
club after eliminating Inter Milan in
the Round of 16.
"The atmosphere is going to be even
hotter than in Milan but I think we
have enough quality to master this job,"
Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs said.
"As the second-place team in the Bun-
desliga, we can t say we are without
While Wolfsburg is still mathemat-
ically in the Bundesliga title race, 10
points behind Bayern Munich, realis-
tically it can still win two other com-
petitions --- the Europa League and the
Forget Benitez, at Napoli it's the president who's in charge
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