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Walter Mazzarri reveals Osimhen wish against Barcelona

Walter Mazzarri (L) had hoped to have Victor Osimhen (R) available for the game against Barcelona | Imago

Walter Mazzarri was sacked as Napoli boss ahead of their Champions League clash against Barcelona following Napoli’s 1-1 draw against Genoa in the absence of Victor Osimhen.Walter Mazzarri had hoped to have Victor Osimhen available for the Champions League clash against Barcelona. || Imago (Inside Foto)

The ex-Napoli coach has expressed his disappointment after he was sacked as Napoli’s coach ahead of their Champions League clash against Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Walter Mazzarri’s Osimhen wish

Mazzarri was given the boot after Napoli played out a 1-1 draw against Genoa in their Serie A clash last Saturday

The 62-year-old had been appointed to replace Rudi Garcia, who was also dismissed this season. But Mazzarri has now left the job after a run of poor results, which has left Napoli in ninth position and 27 points behind runaway leaders Inter Milan.

Walter Mazzarri was sacked as Napoli boss on Monday | Imago

Although Napoli have since appointed a new manager to replace Mazzarri, the former Torino manager has expressed his disappointment in the club’s decision.

According to La Repubblica via GIFN, Mazzarri was hoping to manage Napoli’s clash against Barcelona at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Wednesday night.

It was believed that the Italian tactician was hoping to have Super Eagles star Victor Osimhen back for the clash after he missed the 1-1 draw against Genoa.

“I was hoping to manage against Barcelona with Victor Osimhen on the pitch,” Mazzari said as per GIFN.

Walter Mazzarri (L) had hoped to have Victor Osimhen (R) available for the game against Barcelona | Imago

However, Mazzari will not get his wish as Napoli have already appointed Slovakia boss Francesco Calzona as their new manager until the end of the season.

Why Osimhen missed Genoa Clash

Osimhen was in the stands for Napoli’s clash against Genoa as he only returned from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, helping Nigeria reach the final.

The Nigerian striker arrived back at the club tired after playing in all of Nigeria’s seven games at the biennial competition.

Osimhen missed Napoli's clash against Genoa. (Photo Credit Pooja/X)

There were doubts over Victor Osimhen’s availability for the Champions League clash against Barcelona. Contrary to reports though he is set to feature as Napoli look to put their season back on track.

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