Napoli, who breezed through the group stage, returns to Champions League action on Tuesday when they travel to Germany to face Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Serie A leaders advanced to the round of 16 after winning their first five games, but the hosts rallied on the final day of Group D to take second place. The two are currently engaged in the opening leg of a tie that will determine who advances to the quarterfinals.
Osimhen has scored 18 goals in his 19 appearances in the top level, and Napoli has won 18 of their previous 19 league games. They have only lost once in the league this year, against second-placed Inter in their first game back from the World Cup, but they did lose to the bottom-feeding Cremonese in the Coppa Italia after fielding a depleted squad.
With their current success, the Azzurri may even win the Champions League for Italy for the first time since Jose Mourinho’s Inter in 2010, but they must first deal with the threat of a challenging last-16 opponent.
With French World Cup star Randal Kolo Muani scoring seven goals in their previous six games, including the second in a 2-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday night, Frankfurt have also emerged in the Bundesliga. An outstanding recent run has moved them into the top six.
The club will play in its first knockout match in Europe’s premier competition in several generations if it advances to the DFB-Pokal quarterfinals. Of course, Tuesday’s opponents have a distinguished history in European Cup soccer, having fallen to Real Madrid in the legendary 1960 final. The current team will need to beat hot-hot Napoli in order to repeat such a feat this year.