Can Osimhen fire Napoli to UEFA Champions League glory
Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen on wednesday scored a brace to help Napoli reach the last-8 of the UEFA Champions league with a 5-0 aggregate win over Eintract Frankfurt.
That win has raised talks of a possible Champions league title win for the Partonopei who are already cruising to the Italian Serie A title following what has been a spectacular season so far.
In this article, SportsRation analyses how Victor Osimhen can fire Napoli to a sensational UEFA Champions league title this season to add to his 23-goal tally in the 2022/2023 season
NAPOLI IN THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: HISTORY
Reaching the quater-final of the 2022/2023 UEFA Champions League is the best in the Napoli`s history in the competition but the club has a UEFA Cup title in its cabinet.
Since their first European Cup appearance in the 1987/1988 season, the round of 16 is the farthest Napoli has gone until Wednesday, Luciano Spalleti`s men were undoubtedly the best over two-legs to reach the last-8.
Napoli will face either of defending champions Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Benfica, Chelsea and fellow Serie A sides Juventus and Inter Milan in the quater-final with draws expected on friday afternoon.
The permutations are a that Napoli could draw an Italian opponent, a challenge Osimhen and his teammates will fancy with the confidence of being Italy`s best club this season.
CAN OSIHMEN SCORE AGAINST THE TOP-DOGS
Ofcourse. For a player that has scored 23 times already this season and currently leads the goalscorers chart in Italy, all he needs is the supply and Osimhen will score goals. With the quality displayed by the likes of Kvaratshelia, Zielinski etc, Napoli will definitely hold up for a deep run in the competition.
For Victor Osimhen, his outstanding physical super-power, excellent aerial prowess and ability to constantly run in behind defenders has been key to his form this term.
When the motivation of scoring against Europe
s hottest clubs beckons, expect Lagos boy Victor Osimhen to convert and further boost his rating as one of Europe`s best strikers at the moment.
SUPER EAGLES HEAD COACH JOSE PASEIRO SPEAKS ON NAPOLI`S CHANCES
“I think that Napoli, as well as being able to win the championship, can also aim to win the Champions League,” Peseiro said to Sportitalia.
“Of course, there are teams full of champions like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich who obviously aim for victory, but I don’t see them as unbeatable this year,” he added
“This is because at the moment I don’t see a team clearly superior to the others. Of course, there are teams full of champions like Real Madrid and the Bayern Munich who obviously aim for victory, but I don’t see them as unbeatable this year.”
In football, anything can happen. With due respect to Napoli`s fantastic season, the Partonopei are rated as one of the undergogs in the last-8 of this seasons Champions League.
That notwhitstanding, Osimhen is fired up to prove his rating among the big boys and could become a rally point to a sensational Champions League title win for Napoli.