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Like Osimhen, Rudi Garcia wants Napoli to improve following win over Sassuolo

Rudi Garcia shares Victor Osimhen’s perspective that Napoli should continuously focus on their areas for improvement.

Taking over from Scudetto-winning coach Luciano Spalletti, Garcia made his home debut with this 2-0 victory over Sassuolo, having previously guided the team to a 3-1 comeback win against Frosinone.

While the scoreline suggests a comfortable win, it had its challenges. Osimhen converted a penalty, while Raspadori missed another spot-kick. Later, Kvaratskhelia came off the bench to provide his first assist of the season for Giovanni Di Lorenzo’s goal. Maxime Lopez of Neroverdi received a red card for dissent.

Rudi Garcia hails Raspadori and Kvaratskhelia in Napoli win

“He is absolutely right!” Garcia told DAZN.

“We won and picked up six points, we practically didn’t run any risks, that is all positive, but we could also have improved in attack. I think not even 20 per cent of our shots were on target today, so there’s no miracle cure here, if you don’t get it on target, you don’t score goals.”

Despite being a replacement for Kim Min-jae, Natan has still not featured, instead picking Juan Jesus at centre-back.

“Natan needs time, he just arrived from Brazil, he is young and doesn’t speak the language. He seems less timid now than at the start, so let’s give him time. I chose the experience of Juan Jesus over Leo Ostigard, he responded well, has quality and is a leader in this team.

“It is a pity for Raspa, who hit the woodwork after a couple of minutes and every great player has missed a penalty in his time.”

Osimhen had converted the first penalty and should’ve taken the second, but the Nigerian himself decided to hand it over to teammate Raspadori.

“That is a great sign, because it means he is thinking about the team and not just about himself. I loved that. Raspadori is an attacking player who can feature in any of the forward roles, he will score goals and get assists.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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