Lille Manager Clears Air on Osimhen’s Penalty Duties

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Jonathan IKONE of Lille, Renato SANCHES of Lille and Victor OSIMHEN of Lille during the French Ligue 1 soccer match between Lille OSC and Montpellier HSC at Stade Pierre Mauroy on December 13, 2019 in Lille, France. (Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Lille manager Christophe Galtier, says Victor Osimhen is the team’s designated penalty taker after the Forward was involved in an on-field debate with Jonathan Ikone during the first half of the Ligue 1 tie against Montpellier on Friday night.

Osimhen won a penalty that was converted by Jonathan Ikone in the 40th minute.

 

However, that did not go down well with captain Jose Fonte and manager Galtier as it was against the laid-down rule.

 

Reacting to the incident, Galtier explained : ”I saw what happened and I’m going to talk about it with the players.

”In the last match against Brest, Victor gave Jonathan (Bamba) the chance to shoot, it was a gift.

”This is something I am going to intervene on because there were far too many people around the ball, it can confuse the taker at some point.”

 

Brazilian winger Luiz Araújo would have liked to take the 89th minute penalty kick missed by Osimhen against Montpellier and Galtier has revealed that the Nigerian is number one in the hierarchy of spot-kick takers.

 

He concluded: “So now is there going to be a fourth, a fifth, or even a sixth taker? Victor remains the number one penalty taker.”

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