Osimhen eyes Scudetto, not Capocannoniere

Napoli forward Victor Osimhen says the Capocannoniere title is not his target this season despite moving two goals clear of Inter's Lautaro Martinez in the race.

The Nigerian forward, who opened the scoring at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, heading in an Eljif Elmas cross, took his tally to nine in just 11 league games for the Naples side this season.

In addition to Osimhen's goal, Piotr Zielinski and Elmas handed Napoli a 3-0 lead, while goals from Ilija Nestorovski and Lazar Samardzic for Udinese almost took the game out of the Leaders' hands but they held on for a 3-2 win.

The Nigerian striker also admitted that victory over Udinese was ‘really intense’ and reminded the leaders that ‘no game is easy,’ as he shrugs off Capocannoniere's ambitions in favour of the Scudetto.

“That is not for me, I don’t put myself before the team or my individual ambition,”Osimhen told DAZN.

“It is a team sport and I want to win trophies with this team. If I win Capocannoniere, I’ll be happy, but the important thing is that the team wins.”

“I think this game was really intense, especially the second half. We played as a team to get the three points, the most important thing is to keep going and remember no game is easy, so we did great,” the 23-year-old told DAZN.

“I’m happy about the goal, Eljif gave me a great assist. I am happy to contribute and we want to keep the momentum going.”

Napoli are almost disappointed with the long break for the 2022 World Cup, as it interrupts an extraordinary period of form for the team, who won’t be back playing together competitively until January 4.

“It’s not a problem, we have some days off, we return as a group. I wish my teammates a good tournament, we will come back very soon and work together as a team.”

The Partenopei last won the Scudetto during the 1989–90 season and will be growing in confidence by the time the league resumes.

Napoli are 11 points clear at the top of the table after 11 consecutive Serie A victories, pending the conclusion of the weekend's games.


This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

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