Osimhen is strong in open spaces but weak in tight areas- Napoli coach Spalletti


By Mukwuzi Joseph

Napoli manager Luciano Spalletti has lavished praise on striker Victor Osimhen, but believes the Nigerian has a weakness in “tight spaces”.

This comes after Osimhen continued his excellent recent form by opening the scoring for the Neapolitans in a 4-0 away win over Udinese in Serie A on Monday.

Amir Rrahmani, Senegalese star Kalidou Koulibaly and Hirving Lozano were also on target as Napoli underlined their status as genuine title contenders with a fourth victory from as many matches so far in Italy’s top flight.

“The season is still long, but the team has quality,” Spalletti told DAZN, as perFootball-Italia. “Perhaps, we lack those players who can allow us to make substitutions, keeping the team’s level high.

“And we need to be lasting, how many games we can play at this level? This will make the difference.

“Milan are very strong, Inter have worked well despite a couple of big sales. They brought important players in and they have a strong midfield.

“Our strength is our environment. We are overwhelmed with love that can become fuel for players.

“We have quality in attack. Osimhen is really strong, he lacks quality in tight spaces, but it’s hard to catch him in open spaces.

“The wingers are outstanding in one vs. one situations. The road is still long and there are many tough opponents.”

Osimhen will look to continue his scoring form when Napoli head to the Luigi Ferraris Stadium on Thursday evening for a Serie A clash away to Sampdoria.

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