Osimhen opens up on toughest opponent: 'He is one of the strongest defenders'

Osimhen opens up on toughest opponent: 'He is one of the strongest defenders'

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 12:18 - 26.10.2023

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has revealed the hardest defender he has come up against in his career.

Osimhen has showered high praise on AS Roma centre-back Chris Smalling calling him "one of the strongest defenders."

The Super Eagles striker has been outstanding over the past 12 months in Napoli, striking fear into the hearts of numerous defenders in Italy and across Europe.

However, Osimhen revealed he faced some hard battles with defenders during his time in Serie A.

Osimhen names toughest defenders he has faced

Speaking to Mario Balotelli and Emiliano Viviano on Twitch (via Roma Press), Osimhen touched on his highlights and toughest opponents in Italy.

Napoli superstar Victor Osimhen celebrates one of his goals. (Photo Credit: Asiwaju Lerry/X)

“The most beautiful goal I scored was the one against Roma at the Olimpico. People can’t comprehend how difficult it was.”

 When asked about the hardest defenders he’s faced, Osimhen replied:

 “Romero [from Tottenham, ex-Atalanta] is a really good defender. I had some difficult moments dealing with him. The other defender is Smalling – one of the strongest I’ve come across.”

Osimhen in action against Roma defender Chris Smalling

Osimhen scored twice against Smalling and Roma last season, as Napoli completed the double against Jose Mourinho's men.

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