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How I caged Osimhen – Tomori

AC Milan defender Fikayo Tomori has revealed how he was able to limit the impact of Nigeria international Victor Osimhen during the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final battle against local rivals Napoli on Tuesday at the Diego Maradona Stadium.

Charged with man-marking the Nigerian, Tomori, who was born in England to Nigerian parents, came out on top as Milan held Napoli 1-1, securing a place in the competition’s semi-finals following a 1-0 triumph at the San Siro in the first leg.Information Guide Nigeria

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Osimhen missed the first leg of the match due to injury, and his absence was noticed greatly.

The return of the former Lille front dominated headlines before of the rematch, with manager Luciano Spalletti admitting his team was counting on the striker’s magic to go to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in the club’s history.

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But Tomori and his centre-back partner Simon Kjaer had other ideas, and were resolute at the back, putting up a strong performance to cage the Super Eagles striker until the 93rd minute, when his powerful header in stoppage time beat Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan, raising faint hopes among Series A title chasers fans.NYSC Portal

While Osimhen scored late in the game to give his team some hope, the England defender stood firm to see the game out and book a place in the semi-finals.

Speaking after the game with CBS pundit and Arsenal’s all-time top scorer, Thierry Henry, the Chelsea academy product revealed how he was able to reduce Osimhen’s potency in the clash.

“Obviously Victor is having a great season and I know how dangerous he is. I just tried to make sure I got my body in between in and the ball at all times as much as possible,” he said.

“I was disappointed he managed to score at the end. I just tried to get to him as tight as possible and try not to give him a lot of space.

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“We actually frustrated them and we limited the amount of times that the ball could get to him in dangerous areas, and when the ball actually came we defended really well, we got tied to him, we had a lot of cover.

“Coming into a game like this with a player of that quality you know that you have to be tied to him, you have to be switched on and I think we were today (Tuesday).”JAMB Result

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