This is when he can say it though. Marek Hamsik claims Napoli play better football now that Benitez is not at its helm.
Maurizio Sarri replaced Benitez, after the former Liverpool manager moved to Madrid. And Sarri has faced criticism, with club icon Maradona claiming Sarri was not worthy of the position.
Napoli have recovered from their early season stutter, beating Juventus 2-1 following two 5-0 wins earlier and Hamsik is a fan of the new style of play.
And Hamsik has decided to take a swipe at former coach, Rafael Benitez, claiming the Serie A club play a more enjoyable football.
“We did what the coach asked of us on the pitch,” he told Rai Sport after the match with Juve. “I’m happy to be right in the middle of the action compared to last year. I really like this style of football.
“We’re a much more dynamic and compact side. We play with the ball much more compared to last year, when we focused on long balls.”
Hamsik went on to pledge his immediate future to the club after admitting Juventus had enquired about his signature during the transfer window.
“It’s true that they wanted me but I never thought about it. It’s a closed book now,” added the 28-year-old. “I’m focused on doing well in this shirt, which I’ve worn for many years now.”