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Napoli’s fall from grace, Garcia’s future, Osimhen’s dilemma

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Napoli will be playing Salernitana in Serie A this weekend, a fixture that in the past might have seemed like an easy win for them. However, the current season paints a different picture.

In their recent match against AC Milan, the Italian champions found themselves trailing by two goals and had to stage a comeback to secure a 2-2 draw at home. This result reflects their overall poor form this season, as they currently occupy fifth place in the league with 18 points from 10 matches, having won five, drawn three, and lost two.

While some may argue that it’s premature to sound the alarm bells, there are evident issues with the Napoli team this season. The departure of their charismatic coach, Luciano Spalletti, who led them to their first Scudetto in 33 years, has left a void. Spalletti chose to step away, citing the need for a sabbatical and explaining that he no longer had the energy to meet the high expectations.

Rudi Garcia was appointed as his successor, a move that many found surprising. However, since taking charge, Garcia has failed to make a significant impact. Clinton McDubus, a prominent football analyst and podcaster, attributes Napoli’s decline this season to Garcia’s management. McDubus criticizes Garcia’s tactics, decision-making, and game management, asserting that his leadership is taking the team backward.

One notable incident that has drawn attention is the social media controversy involving star striker Victor Osimhen. Napoli’s official TikTok account mocked Osimhen for missing a penalty against Bologna, which has cast doubts on his future with the club. Despite this, McDubus believes that Osimhen, who played a pivotal role in Napoli’s title win last season, remains a professional and can be relied upon to score goals. He suggests that Osimhen, along with his teammates, is suffering due to the manager’s incompetence.

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Some observers have compared Napoli’s situation to second-season syndrome, drawing parallels with Leicester City’s unexpected Premier League win in 2015. Currently, Napoli finds itself trailing the two Milan clubs and Juventus, the traditional Serie A champions.

In conclusion, Rudi Garcia needs to address the team’s performance, and Victor Osimhen must overcome a slow start to ensure Napoli doesn’t fall further down the league table. The team’s fortunes may improve if there is a managerial change, but for now, their season is off to a challenging start.

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Euro 2024: Ronaldo sets new record as Portugal crush Turkey 3-0

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo made history again as his team triumphed 3-0 over Turkey at Euro 2024 on Saturday.

Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes scored, with an own goal by Samet Akaydin, securing a straightforward victory.

Ronaldo assisted Fernandes in scoring the final goal, tapping into an empty net.

This assist marked the 39-year-old’s seventh in the competition, adding another record to his impressive collection.

The victory ensured Roberto Martinez’s team advanced to the last-16 as group winners.

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Aguero set to make return to football

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Former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has announced that he is on the verge of returning to football as a club owner. Aguero, however, declined to disclose the name of the club.

The 36-year-old made this revelation during a recent conversation with Argentine streamer Coscu, whose real name is Martin Perez Disalvo.

When asked about his interest in returning to football as a manager, the former Barcelona star replied, “The truth is that I’m considering getting involved in a football club as an owner. I’m not going to reveal which club it is, but I believe we are on the right track. I enjoy being able to manage, to help the club progress, and to build a strong team and staff.”

Aguero retired from professional football in 2021 after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, just days after being hospitalized.

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EPL: Ex-Arsenal player, Kevin Campbell is dead

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Arsenal announced on Saturday that their former player, Kevin Campbell, has passed away at the age of 54.

Campbell, a striker, played for the Gunners, Nottingham Forest, and Everton.

Throughout his nearly 20-year career, he scored 148 goals in 542 club appearances.

“Everyone at Everton is deeply saddened by the death of our former striker Kevin Campbell at the age of just 54.

“Not just a true Goodison Park hero and icon of the English game, but an incredible person as well – as anyone who ever met him will know. RIP, Super Kev,” an Everton statement read.

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After retiring from playing in May 2007, Campbell went on to have a successful career in the media.

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