Victor Osimhen: Fabio Cannavaro Shares Secrets to Stopping Napoli's Goal Scoring Machine

Victor Osimhen: Fabio Cannavaro Shares Secrets to Stopping Napoli's Goal Scoring Machine

Robert Abong'o
May 8, 2024 at 1:21 PM
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  • Fabio Cannavaro has shared tips on how to stop Victor Osimhen
  • The Nigerian scored again in the Serie A draw against Udinese
  • He won the Capocannoniere and league's top striker awards

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Italian football icon, Fabio Cannavaro, has offered valuable advice to defenders aiming to thwart Victor Osimhen's goal-scoring prowess, following his recent strike for Napoli against Udinese.

The Nigerian scored his 15th league goal of the season during the team's 1-1 draw in their most recent Italian Serie A clash on May 6.

His aerial dominance was on full display as he headed home in the 51st minute, momentarily putting Francesco Calzona's men in the lead before Isaac Success equalised in stoppage time.

Victor Osimhen scored for Napoli against Udinese at the Stadio Friuli on May 6, Italy. Photo: Emmanuele Ciancaglini.
Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, rose highest to score against Udinese at Stadio Friuli on May 6, Italy. Photo: Emmanuele Ciancaglini.
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Reflecting on Osimhen's goal, Cannavaro highlighted Udinese's defensive lapses and stressed the need to contain the prolific forward.

"I had explained to the two defenders to put Osimhen in the middle and try to limit him because when he goes into the third period he is devastating. He passed in the middle," Cannavaro said, as quoted by Own Goal Nigeria.

The 2006 Ballon d'Or winner humbly admitted that marking the Super Eagles star would pose a challenge even in his prime. He acknowledged the evolution of defensive tactics in modern football, making it tougher to neutralise top forwards.

"In the games with Lilian, Nesta, Maldini - I knew I could go early because if I made a mistake, I was covered. Today, this happens very little. But there are attackers like Osimhen, who was certainly difficult to mark," he said in an interview with Radio Serie A, as quoted by Tutto Napoli.

Osimhen's rise to prominence was underscored by his instrumental role in Napoli's Serie A triumph after a 33-year hiatus. His stellar performance earned him the coveted Capocannoniere award for the league's top scorer, along with the Best Striker title, following a record-breaking season tally of 26 goals.

Agent predicts Osimhen’s next club

Sports Brief also reported that Albanian agent, Serxhio Mezi, believed Osimhen would likely join PSG in the summer.

The French giants are reportedly willing to pay €90 million, but Napoli wants the Nigerian striker's full release clause.

Napoli's president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, previously stated the former Serie A champions would not be forced to sell.

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