Champions Napoli fumble lead as future of coach Luciano Spalletti is brought into focus

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen maintained his excellent goalscoring form but the champions have looked shaky since clinching the title, as they let a two-goal lead slip against Bologna.


Napoli are showing little of the consistency that saw them storm to the Serie A title this season, as they fumbled a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on Sunday.

The Partenopei have been in celebratory mood since securing a first league title since 1990 earlier this month, but have taken their foot off the gas since then and there is a sense that all is not well behind the scenes.

Spalletti casts doubt on future

Prior to kick-off, coach Luciano Spalletti appeared to suggest that he will leave the club at the end of the season and the ex-AS Roma tactician has seemingly lost his grip in the past few weeks.

“I spent the week very happy, as always, because I am supported by my feelings, which are all going in the same direction,” Spalletti told Italian television broadcaster DAZN before the match, as per Football Italia.

Spalletti is reported to be at loggerheads with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, putting his future in doubt, and Napoli have only registered four wins from their past 12 games in all competitions, including two defeats to AC Milan to be eliminated from the Champions League.

Osimhen impact not enough

Victor Osimhen celebrates for Napoli. (@sscnapoli)

A brace from Victor Osimhen looked to have put Napoli on course for a 28th win of the season, only for Lewis Ferguson to halve the deficit and Lorenzo De Silvestri to snatch a late equaliser for Bologna.

It was the first time the Azzurri had been held to a draw after being two goals up in Serie A since December 1 2021, when they drew 2-2 against Sassuolo.

However, Osimhen‘s wonderful campaign saw him become only the fourth player in the club’s history to net 25 league goals in a season, after Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain, and Dries Mertens.


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