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Victor Osimhen Prepares for Limited Role against Barcelona as Napoli rejig Management

Napoli is currently facing a challenging season marked by inconsistent performances, leading to speculation about the possible departure of manager Walter Mazzarri. Despite Mazzarri’s efforts, the team’s fortunes have not significantly improved, prompting the club to consider alternatives ahead of their upcoming clash against Barcelona.

Reports suggest that Mazzarri’s departure is imminent, with Francesco Calzona emerging as the preferred interim manager for a four-month stint. Calzona, who has prior experience working with Napoli’s former managers, has reportedly secured permission to manage both Napoli and the Slovakia national team simultaneously, with former Napoli star Marek Hamsik poised to join his coaching staff.

Victor Osimhen, the Nigerian striker, has returned from injury and has been praised by Mazzarri as an “excellent striker.” However, Osimhen’s fitness remains a concern, as he is expected to only feature for “50-60 minutes” in the upcoming match against Barcelona due to his recovery from the energy-draining 2023 Africa Cup of Nations campaign. Despite the tight timeline for managerial changes, Napoli is working swiftly to finalize its decision before the crucial Champions League round of 16 fixture.

The impending managerial change comes amidst Napoli’s determination to address their inconsistent performances and revitalize their season. With the potential appointment of Calzona as interim manager, the club aims to stabilize its operations and navigate through the remainder of the season effectively. As Napoli prepares for potential changes, including coaching staff adjustments with the addition of Marek Hamsik, developments are expected to unfold rapidly in the coming hours.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the managerial situation, Napoli remains focused on their upcoming challenges, including the pivotal clash against Barcelona.

IMAGE: SportsRation

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