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Champions League: Spanish newspaper gives tips on how Real Madrid can stop free-scoring Osimhen tonight



In the next few hours, Real Madrid will clash against Napoli at the Diego Maradona Stadium in Naples. At Napoli, they have a goalscoring machine in Victor Osimhen. Last season, the free-scoring finisher bagged 31 goals in all competitions, five of which came in the Champions League. He already has five goals this season, despite a tough start to the campaign.

As much Real Madrid would push to score and kill the game, Carlo Ancelotti needs to forge a plan to stop Osimhen from causing havoc. The plan must be watertight considering Los Blancos are without David Alaba and Eder Miltao, both injured.

To stop Osimhen, Madrid must cut off the supply via the flanks. For Napoli, they come in the mode of a trickish Kvaratskhelia and tenacious Politano.

In central defence, Madrid must also be on their toes as Osimhen is fast and powerful in the air. Whatever gets into the box will have Osimhen bullying everyone to get it.

Our suggestion is that Ancelotti deploys Camavinga as a left-back given he’s more defensively solid than both Fran Garcia and Mendy. The same goes for Nacho at right-back. If Dani Carvajal is unfit to play then the best bet is the skipper instead of Vazquez.


The centre-back pairing can be Rudiger and Mendy. We already know how solid Real Madrid are in midfield, particularly with Tchouameni and Bellingham who are warriors and potential goalscorers themself.

Vinicius Junior’s return from injury and Joselu’s impressive form are a breath of fresh air for Real Madrid’s attack.

Here’s a lineup that could nullify the threat of Osimhen today:



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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