Italian football coach, Serse Cosmi, has hit out at Victor Osimhen after Napoli failed to beat Barcelona in the Europa League on Thursday.
Cosmi said Osimhen’s display against Barcelona was his worst match since he joined Napoli from Lille.
Recall that Napoli and Barcelona played a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Europa League knockout round playoff tie at the Camp Nou.
Osimhen was a surprise inclusion in Napoli’s starting lineup against Barcelona as there had been doubts about his fitness before the match.
But Cosmi criticized Osimhen, saying the Nigerian international needs to work on the timing of his runs to avoid being offside, particularly against teams playing a high line.
“Against Barcelona, Osimhen necessarily had to be among the best in the field and instead, I don’t know how many times he went offside,” Cosmi told Canale 21.
“There, the boy has to improve a lot, a lot because when he plays against a team that has a very high line, you have to be careful.
“By doing so, you also put your teammates in difficulty because, with that movement in-depth, you allow the insertion of Zielinski and Elmas and instead, they never make it because he stretches deeply and the midfielder never has the unloading pass and is forced to do it in vertical.
“Unfortunately, with a high line, he happens to go offside. It wasn’t his best match, in fact, in my opinion, it was the worst.”