Tuesday April 17 2018
Oddo: ‘Resting players for Crotone’

Udinese Coach Massimo Oddo admits “we’re looking at the next match” rather than tomorrow’s Napoli game.

The Partenopei are six points behind Juventus, but they face them in Turin on Sunday night so need three points tomorrow to keep the title race alive.

“I expect the usual Napoli, they won’t change their attitude,” Oddo predicted.

“Juventus still have a few difficult matches, six points is a big gap but with that head-to-head game.

“I’m sure that Napoli won’t give up.”

The Zebrette face Crotone at the weekend, and Oddo hinted that his focus will be on that game.

“We’re not in good form, but we have to think positively because this is a negative period. We have to do our best, but we can’t hide that Sunday is a head-to-head match which could be decisive.

“Not that tomorrow is not important, but we have physical problems and players who are one booking away from suspension, so we need to manage these things.

“We can’t play Crotone with a decimated squad. We go with the lads who are fit and that’s it.

“I don’t care what people say, I’m interested in completing my work which is to keep this team up.

“I don’t care what anyone else thinks, I look at my objective, not those of other teams. We don’t go to Naples resigned [to losing], but we are looking at the next match.

“We are working to have everyone available against Crotone. Don’t think we’re not thinking about Napoli but… we trust the lads who go on to the pitch.”

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