Three takeaways from Frosinone vs Napoli: Osimhen picks up where he left off, Garcia uninspired…

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen wasted no time in staking his claim as a contender for the Serie A top scorer this season, but coach Rudi Garcia still has some way to go to convince despite victory over Frosinone.


Napoli made a winning start to their Serie A campaign after securing a 3-1 victory over Frosinone at the Stadio Benito Stirpe in Matchday 1. The champions had Matteo Politano and Victor Osimhen to thank after the latter netted twice to add to the former’s equaliser, with Frosinone taking an early lead.

Despite looking shaky at times, the Partenopei’s firepower proved too much for Frosinone and Rudi Garcia‘s side earned the three points, largely thanks to an unplayable Osimhen.

Victor Osimhen out to defend his Capocannoniere crown

It only took 42 minutes for last season’s top scorer in Serie A to open his account, as Osimhen lashed in a wonderful strike to put Napoli ahead, showing the clinical edge that saw him fire them to the scudetto last season with a league-high 26 goals.

Osimhen’s thunderous strike off the underside of the bar suggests that he is ready to pick up exactly where he left off, and with an equally impressive second goal after the interval, it remains to be seen if anyone can challenge him at the top of the scoring chart.

Napoli celebrate a Victor Osimhen goal. (@sscnapoli_br)

The 24-year-old has firmly established himself as one of Europe’s most deadly strikers and his early form suggests Napoli have the firepower to be in the Serie A title mix again.

Osimhen had been linked with a move away from the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, but holding on to him could prove to be Napoli’s best piece of business this summer.

Garcia’s Napoli look uninspired after Spalletti magic

Kicking off the Serie A season as reigning champions, Napoli came into the campaign with the weight of expectation and it appeared to show.

Last season, former coach Luciano Spalletti developed a fighting spirit and wonderful style of football that saw Napoli turn the scudetto battle into a one-horse race from the off, with 13 wins and two draws from the opening 15 Serie A matches.

Napoli coach Rudi Garcia in a press conference. (@sscnapoli)

Garcia’s arrival after Spalletti’s resignation underwhelmed and the early signs suggest that he may not have the same inspiring presence as his predecessor. Indeed, it took moments of magic from Osimhen to spare Napoli’s blushes, and whilst they controlled the ball in the second half there was little of the swagger of last term.

The former AS Roma coach needs to do more to prove to the passionate Partenopei faithful that he is the man to fill the shoes of fan favourite Spalletti.

Harroui offers hope for Frosinone

Abdou Harroui celebrates scoring for Frosinone. (@Frosinone1928)

After securing the Serie B title at a canter, Frosinone were handed the toughest of starts to life in the top flight with a clash against the champions, but showed they can make an impact at this level.

Coach Eusebio Di Francesco has put together an interesting squad littered with promotion heroes and new arrivals, with the most notable being goalscorer Abdou Harroui from Sassuolo.

The Dutchman has the vision and passing range to offer Frosinone something different in the middle, and in addition to his well-taken penalty, Harroui was influential for the hosts and completed 38 passes, at a success rate of 92%.

With a tough task ahead of them in their battle to remain in Serie A, the Canarini will be looking to the 25-year-old to pull the strings from midfield to give them a fighting chance.


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