Osimhen confronts fans in Empoli’s defeat as Spaletti alludes to blame

Napoli forward Victor Osimhen almost confronted the club supporters’ after they booed Napoli players as they made their way to the dressing room through the tunnel at Carlo Castellani Stadium.

Osimhen, angered by the taunts from the supporters’ who compounded their woes after they conceded three late goals to lose the match against Empoli 3-2, was pacified by Juan Jesus who obliged him to the dressing room.

Meanwhile, La Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that the Partenopei’s loss to Empoli devastated Aurelio De Laurentiis’ son Edoardo who in the dressing kicked the lockers in frustration.

The loss suffered by Victor Osimhen’s club has dented their hopes to challenge for the Scudetto with Inter Milan and AC Milan which are strong contenders for the title.

Edoardo De Laurentiis, Vice President of Napoli, also directed his anger towards the players as he repeatedly kicked the lockers after the shocking defeat knowing fully well it had cost them the title pursuit.

Napoli scored first and doubled the lead in what looks like a concluded victory for Luciano Spaletti’s men but a goal by Scotland’s Liam Henderson and a brace by Andrea Pinamonti ensured Empoli torpedoed Partenopei’s smooth sail to victory.

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Napoli coach Luciano Spaletti said he should be blamed for the 3-2 defeat meted by Empoli against Partenopei.

Spaletti lamented that the players lost concentration losing the ball too often which the opponent capitalized on to wreak havoc on their title hopes.

In a post-match reaction, Spaletti reviewed that players lacked consistency in keeping possession which was the only way to counter the kind of battle that was unsuitable for his team.

“I can only take note of what happens. Imagining an end to a game like that was difficult, but when you don’t have the right intensity and concentration. We made a few too many mistakes, lost the ball too cheaply,” Spalletti told DAZN.

“Inevitably, the coach has to shoulder much of the blame for the attitude and consistency. The responsibility lies with the coach.

“It’s important for us to keep possession because our characteristics are not suited to the battle. Even then, it didn’t seem to be a battle to that level to become unsustainable for these players.

“I am responsible for this team, for their attitude, their approach, so I take the consequences for what happens on the field.

Spaletti noted that the team possessed the right quality of players to challenge the Scudetto with the perfect mentality but in defiance of the above, he alluded the blame to himself.

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