Victor Osimhen has showered Napoli's title-winning manager Luciano Spalletti with praise amidst the current struggles of Rudi Garcia.
Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is full of praise for ex-Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti, crediting the Italian for last season's historic Scudetto.
Osimhen was speaking on 'The Obi One Podcast', hosted by Super Eagles legend John Obi Mikel when he made the effusive statements about Spalletti.
The 24-year-old expressed his admiration for his former coach and revealed that he viewed him as a father figure.
Osimhen expresses admiration for Spalletti
"The highlight of last season, winning the scudetto was Spalletti, he was so good, he was instrumental," Osimhen said, giving the full credit of last season's achievement to his former coach.
"He’s the type of coach to demand 100% if a player he knows can give 100% is giving 90 or 95% he’s very furious even in training, he would scream at everyone. In training, we fight like it’s a rugby match, it's like a do-or-die, he is the architect of last season’s performance," Osimhen said.
The Nigerian also revealed a bit about his personal relationship with the Italian manager, stating the qualities he liked the most about him.
"He’s in control, we spoke a couple of times outside football, I used to text him a lot of times, he responds, we talk at the training ground, after the training, not just me, the rest of the team can testify to what I’m saying, he’s a good listener," Osimhen said.
Victor ended that statement by showering more praise on his former boss, "Spalletti for me is one of the best coaches in Italy, I have to be honest. For what he’s done in a team like Napoli, I think for me he becomes the best coach in Italy currently."
Osimhen on Rudi Garcia
The release of the podcast episode comes a day after Napoli lost 1-0 at home to Empoli, leading to intense pressure and scrutiny on the current manager Rudi Garcia.
Garcia is rumoured to be headed for the sack after a rocky start to life in Naples and Osimhen's statements on Spalletti perfectly capture how big the shoes are to fill.
"We started with a new manager, it's been going well, you know he’s a new manager he has to bring his own, how he wants us to play, the team is doing good, I can’t wait to come back to join them also they’ve been doing quite well," said Osimhen on Garcia.
Unfortunately though, if the reports of the imminent sack are to be believed, Osimhen might never get to play under Rudi Garcia again as the Nigerian is still injured heading into the international break.