I don’t need penalties to score goals – Osimhen
Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has insisted that he will continue to score on a regular basis for Napoli whether he takes penalties or not Nigeria soccernet gathered
The 24-year-old bagged a brace in Napoli’s comfortable 3-0 win against last season’s Europa League champions German side, Eintracht Frankfurt at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Wednesday.
Osimhen became the first Napoli player to score in both legs of a European Cup/Champions League knockout tie and the former Lille man had the chance to score his first-ever hat-trick in the Champions League when Napoli was awarded a penalty in the second half but the Nigerian instead passed the opportunity to Poland international Piotr Zielinski.
Zielinski calmly slotted home for the Partenopei’s third goal of the night.
Osimhen, who was awarded Man of the Match after the game, said he had no problem allowing his teammate to score from the spot.
“Zielinski asked if he could take the penalty and I said no problem. It does not matter who scores as long as the team achieves success,” he told reporters.
“It’s the most important thing. I know my goals will come with or without penalties.
Osimhen also believes Napoli have a good chance to go all the way in the Champions League after they reached the competition’s quarter-finals for the first time with an emphatic win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
With Napoli’s tally of 26 Champions League goals unmatched by any other team this campaign, Osimhen believes the runaway Serie A leaders are capable of delivering European glory.
“I think anything is possible and we have the squad to achieve this dream,” Osimhen told BT Sport.
“We want to go step by step and we will see what happens at the end of the season. It feels good to make history with this win. It was a huge win. Congratulations to the team on a good performance from the whole squad.”
Asked whether he had any preference regarding Napoli’s quarter-final opponents, the striker said: “We are a top club and it would be good to have a draw with another top club.
“It’s going to be a huge match, it’s going to be great. We are ready for it, and we are ready for any big team we might have to play.”
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