Former Sunderland manager, Paulo Di Canio, has ascribed Napoli’s Serie A loss to AC Milan to the absence of Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen.
AC Milan defeated Napoli with 3-1 goals.
21-year-old Osimhen who sustained an injury in Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations 4-4 draw against Sierra Leone in Benin couldn’t participate in the match following his encounter with a shoulder dislocation which he is currently recovering from.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace in the 20th and 54th – minute while Dries Mertens pulled one back in the 63rd – minute but Jens Hauge’s 95th-minute goal confirmed victory for the visitors against their host who were reduced to 10-men in the 65th-minute after Tiémoué Bakayoko was sent off.
The former Napoli and Juventus striker said the absence of Osimhen made the team lifeless as his absence was felt because there was no one available to get on the nerve of defenders
“The absence of Victor Osimhen was felt. The former Lille man can make this team make the leap in quality,” he told Sky Calcio Club per areanapoli.it
“Without Osimhen, Napoli make use of little players – Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens, who have done these little concrete things with Milan.
“The Nigerian can attack and pull the neck of the opponents. Osimhen has the desire to light the sacred fire – the one I don’t see when he’s not playing. It’s difficult to change the character and attitudes of the players when he’s not around.” Ibrahimovic’s brace sees him go top of the goal scorer’s list with 10 goals while Juventus’ superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has found the back of the net 10 times.