Osimhen won’t start against Legia Warsaw - Spalletti

Wed 20 October 2021 | 13:58

The Napoli manager confirmed that the striker is going to be on the bench in the clash against Legia Warsaw tomorrow, although the Europa League match against the Polish is ‘decisive’.


have just gained one point from their two matches in Europe up to now.

This is a decisive game, I am convinced that it will be very difficult to remain in the competition if we don’t win,”

Luciano Spalletti

said at a press conference.

It’s offensive to talk about rotation with these players, I talk about going beyond the group stage,”

the coach added.

Victor Osimhen is going to be on the bench in the battle against Legia Warsaw.

Perhaps, it could be his game, but he won’t start because we have a lot of quality up front,”

Spalletti admitted.

“Mertens’ return is important because it allows us to have more options. We need certainties and leaders to aim for big results.

“He is one of those, he likes to take his responsibilities. We’ve been waiting for him and we are happy to have him back.

“[Piotr] Zielinski has a minor problem, so he is not available, Mertens will play, he will either start or come off the bench.

“Piotr will remain out as a precaution. He will be available against Roma.”

Mario Rui is having his one-match ban, with Juan Jesus being able to play at left-back.

He can do it even if he has different characteristics,”

said Spalletti.

“I always take time before deciding the starting XI, but he could play there. I’ll pick up a team that can win the game, we want to win.”

source: SportMob

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