Saturday December 30 2017
Oddo: 'Udinese are new Atalanta'

Massimo Oddo believes Udinese can “be like Atalanta were last season” and spoke of his special bond with both Lazio and Milan.

The former full-back had a remarkable start to his Udinese career, winning three on the bounce after replacing Coach Gigi Del Neri.

“I am very fond of both Lazio and Milan. I had completely different moments at Lazio, as I was there for the Sergio Cragnotti era when we won the Coppa Italia with great champions. Then the collapse, almost bankruptcy and the very difficult start of the Claudio Lotito era,” Oddo told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper.

“I am tied to Milan because I grew up there and it was my dream to return there after the youth academy and win as a ‘real’ player. It happened, I won everything there was to win at Milan.”

He started his Serie A coaching career with Pescara and is now finding success with Udinese.

“We can be like Atalanta were last season. At this moment, the players and fans are feeling this atmosphere of positive enthusiasm. I’ll never try to cut that down, because enthusiasm is at the heart of everything and not just football.”

Last term, Gian Piero Gasperini's Atalanta recovered from a poor start to finish in fourth place, qualifying for the Europa League.

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