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Osimhen Gets Pescara, Sporting Tests

Determined to keep his wards fit as fiddle ahead of the 2020/21 Italian Serie A season, Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso has lined-up two stiff friendly matches against Pescara and Sporting Lisbon of Portugal.

Determined to keep his wards fit as fiddle ahead of the 2020/21 Italian Serie A season, Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso has lined-up two stiff friendly matches against Pescara and Sporting Lisbon of Portugal.

These upcoming high-profile matches would be used to ascertain the readiness of the Gli Azzurri for the new season especially their Nigerian new import Victor Osimhen who has scored two hat tricks in as many matches in recent tune-up matches.

In a statement released by Napoli yesterday, RinoGattuso's team will face Pescara on Friday and Sporting on Sunday (away), as announced by the blue club on the official website: “After the retreat in Castel di Sangro and the two friendlies in Abruzzo, the emotions of the blue summer continue.

Napoli will face a third friendly test on Friday 11 September against Pescara at San Paolo. On Sunday 13 September, the Azzurri will fly to Portugal for the luxury friendly Sporting Lisbon.

Meanwhile, former sporting director of AC Milan AriedoBraida has expressed surprise over the maturity of Osimhen since joining Napoli on a record transfer from OSC Lille.

The former Milan manager, told Tuttosport: “I know Osimhen well, but I am curious to see him in a different football than the French one, with less space. In general, you should never be in a hurry with the players. Not everyone matures at the same speed. Think of Bruno Fernandes: today he is the leader of Manchester United.