September 18, 2021

Spalletti raves about Osimhen and Koulibaly at Napoli

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After scoring four in their last game, the Super Eagles striker notched the winning goal in Saturday’s outing

Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti has outlined the crucial roles Victor Osimhen and Kalidou Koulibaly play in his team after Saturday’s pre-season friendly win over Pro Vercelli.

Spalletti described Osimhen as a very clinical and athletic player after he scored the match-winning goal in their 1-0 triumph over the Serie C club.

The first-half effort extended the Nigeria international’s tally to five goals after two pre-season friendly matches and Spalletti is full of praise for his impact in front of the goal.

“Osimhen is a striker who has the ability to transform every ball that comes his way into chances,” Spalletti told the club’s website.

“He is a generous player who runs a lot and every now and then this intense race can cause him some mistakes, but he is an important player, complete and we aim a lot on him.”

The Italian manager went further to laud Senegal captain Koulibaly for his defensive qualities and his leadership role in the team.

“I like this team here and I am willing to chain myself for everyone because I have respect for the squad,” he continued. “I have never coached a player as strong as Koulibaly, both as a player and as a man.

“He is one who tells the story of this team even when he passes in front of the fans.”

Next up for Napoli is a fixture against Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena on July 31.

Before the trip to Germany, the former Roma boss expressed his satisfaction with his team’s progression as they prepare for their opening league match against Venezia on August 21.

“Tonight we had a good game, the players were attentive and put into practice the plots we had to propose,” Spalletti said.

“Many men were tired but no one was spared. I’m sorry for Demme, he took a blow and we await the outcome of the exams.

“Overall, I found a group available and ready to sacrifice themselves for this shirt. This is a shirt that stays on even when not playing, every day. We owe it to our audience, which deserves total belonging.”