Napoli Manager Rudi Garcia Discusses Osimhen's Missed Penalty After 'Touchline Row'

Napoli Manager Rudi Garcia Discusses Osimhen's Missed Penalty After 'Touchline Row'

Raphael Abiola
September 26, 2023 at 7:56 AM
  • Rudi Garcia has spoken out about his touchline 'showdown' with Victor Osimhen
  • The Super Eagles star was not happy with the Frenchman's decision vs. Bologna
  • Napoli are still struggling in Serie A this season under the former Al-Nassr coach

Napoli manager, Rudi Garcia has taken the high road after a so-called touchline row between him and Super Eagles star, Victor Osimhen on Sunday.

The Neapolitans played out to a goalless draw against Bologna in their Serie A encounter, as their title defence continues to lose momentum.

Osimhen started the game for Napoli and ultimately missed a penalty attempt that could have given the reigning champions a 72nd-minute lead.

Rudi Garcia
Rudi Garcia reacts to Victor Osimhen's touchline row against Bologna. Photo: Alessandro Sabattini.
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Garcia decided to substitute the Nigerian international in the 86th minute, with the former Lille striker not happy with his French coach for doing so.

The 24-year-old was seen shouting at his manager on the touchline after being switched for Giovanni Simeone, according to Football Italia.

Following the game, the former Al-Nassr manager discussed Osimhen's missed penalty but did not reveal what was discussed after the touchline showdown:

"Even the greatest players in the history of football miss penalties. As for when he went off, we talked about that, what I say to my players remains in the locker room."

He went further to highlight the quality of players he has on the bench and backed his decision to substitute the Nigerian forward.

"We have a lot of quality in the squad and on the bench, so Simeone, [Matteo] Politano and [Elif] Elmas came on, I still have Jesper [Lindstrom] available too. When we have this much quality, we can’t always have 90 minutes with the same men, especially as we have four games in nine days."

Osimhen risks fine after confronting Garcia

Sports Brief also reported that Osimhen could face a fine from his club after he clashed with his manager after being substituted off against Bologna on Sunday.

The Neapolitans' slow start to the season continued after a goalless draw away from home and the Nigerian missed a penalty shot that could have won it for the team.

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