Massimo Oddo blasted Udinese players for “not following my orders” and lacking the right mentality after a home loss to Sassuolo.
The Friulani fell to their fifth consecutive defeat, losing 2-1 at home.
“Today the lads didn’t follow my orders,” complained the Coach on Sky Sport Italia.
“We were too hasty in trying to get the victory, losing our balance and allowing too many counter-attacks. This absolutely was not supposed to happen.
“It’s a delicate moment, we can only work hard and I hope the lads realise that when the mini-tournament at the foot of the table begins, they need to be ready.
“Perhaps we need to get back to having a little fear so we are more motivated again. It’s getting tough, the sides behind us are picking up the pace and have a stronger mentality than we do right now. We’re not safe yet.
“This squad is probably not mature enough to aim for anything higher. We made a step backwards exactly when people started talking about a possible push for Europe. Let’s get our feet back on the ground.”