Mourinho exposes Napoli’s game plan with Osimhen

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said Napoli initially tried to play a direct game through Victor Osimhen, during their 0-0 draw on Sunday.

The two Serie A teams settled for a goalless draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

It was the first time Osimhen and his team mates had failed to score in the league this season, after a 100 percent winning record in their previous eight matches.

“The game had a lot of transitions in it – they tried to play really directly through Osimhen and then bring others into play around him.

“When we dropped a bit deeper then Insigne started to play in central areas, and that was when it became important for [Jordan] Veretout and Bryan Cristante to close that space down.

“[On Sunday] I liked the organisation, and the way we controlled – in a certain sense because controlling him is far from easy – Osimhen’s attempts to get into space. I liked both performances, for different reasons. There’s clearly something there to work on and learn from.

“It was a tough game, they had their chances and so did we. And perhaps it was a unique game too: both coaches sent off,” Mourinho told the club’s official portal.