Spalletti Sends Tough Message to Victor Osimhen After Failing to Score Against Barcelona

Spalletti Sends Tough Message to Victor Osimhen After Failing to Score Against Barcelona

Ibitoye Shittu
  • Victor Osimhen has been urged by his coach at Napoli Luciano Spalletti to be making right movements on the pitch
  • The Nigerian striker was in action for Napoli on Thursday night, 17 February, in their 1-1 draw in the Europa League
  • Barcelona would also have themselves to blame for not winning the match as Feran Torres missed some chances

Luciano Spalletti who is the coach of Italian giants Napoli has stated emphatically that Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen still needs to learn about making the right movements.

The 62-year-old Italian manager made this known while speaking about Victor Osimhen's failure to score in their Europa League game against Barcelona on Thursday night, 17 February.

Victor Osimhen led the attack for Napoli with many Nigerian football fans expecting the Super Eagles striker to score against the Catalans, but he was unable to do so.

Victor Osimhen in action
Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen in action for Napoli against Barcelona. Photo by Pedro Salado
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According to the report on Complete Sports and Marca, Spalletti also explained that the penalty given to Barcelona against his wards was not genuine.

Luciano Spalletti's statement about Osimhen

”Osimhen gives us these incredible changes of pace.
“He still needs to learn about the right movements, as in the second half he was caught offside four or five times when he really should’ve been following the line. The midfielders also need to draw out an opposition defender to then put the pass through.''

Wasteful Barcelona to blame themselves As Napoli force Catalan giants to 1–1 draw at Camp Nou

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Italian side Napoli held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 fixture.

Both teams battled to win it on the night, but there was nothing separating the sides as it ended one goal apiece.

Piotr Zielinski opened the scoring for the Serie A outfit in the 29th minute as he slotted home from inside the area, but a second-half penalty was slotted home by Ferran Torres as it ended 1-1.

Camp Nou came to life as early as the 15th minute as Barcelona came close through Nico who drove past a defender before stinging the gloves of Meret.

Moments later, it was the visitors who almost found the back of the net after Victor Osimhen's effort was denied by the legs of Ter Stegen.