Napoli lucky to have Osimhen against Cagliari, says coach Spalletti
Napoli manager, Luciano Spalletti, has admitted that his side were lucky to have Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, in Monday night's 1-1 draw against Cagliari.
Osimhen had failed a fitness test before the game but his positive result late before the game passed him for the matchday squad but the Nigerian was on the bench for over an hour.
The Naples side fell behind to Gastón Pereiro's 58th-minute goal as Walter Mazzarri's relegation-threatened side looked to take a leap from the drop zone with an upset.
Cagliari were by far the better side of both teams but they failed to kill the game by spewing numerous chances which they eventually rued after Osimhen came on for Andrea Petagna in the 67th minute.
The Nigerian marked his cameo with a late equaliser (87'), sparing the blushes of SPaletti's men who missed the chance to go top of the summit but kept their title charge alive.
Speaking to DAZN after the game, Spalletti said, “It was a complicated game for us, Cagliari deserved more. In fact, we deserved something less. We never took the game into our own hands, even though we had more possession. They wanted to play this game here and we wanted to play another.
“We have to be happy with the result because it happens to everyone after these Europa League games. We did too little in terms of quality. Don’t say it’s everyone anymore, every time it happens in two days we lose 4-5 players. It was good of Osimhen to be available at the last second, he was at risk of not being in the game.
“Fabian had a problem, he was in pain, to play more than 20 minutes was a risk. As we saw in Barcelona, with his head broken with the eight points he wanted to come back and play the last 30 minutes.”