Thursday March 21 2019
Tudor: I won't let Udinese down

Igor Tudor says he will ‘do everything to make sure I don’t let Udinese down’ after taking over as Coach for the second time.

Tudor replaced Davide Nicola on Wednesday after just two Serie A wins since the turn of the year, and the former Juventus defender urged everyone at the Friuli to pull together for the final 10 games of the season.

“I’ll do everything to make sure I don’t let down the club and Udinese fans,” he began at his official unveiling.

“My experience tells me that it’s only good if everyone is pulling in the same direction. It’s not an easy situation to be in, but we must live every moment like a challenge and always give 100 percent.

“I want to talk about facts: everyone must put their qualities at the team’s disposal and give the maximum. That’s how you save yourself.

“Each Coach brings their own ideas and mentality. The international break certainly doesn’t help us, but it mustn’t be an excuse.

“Between today and tomorrow I’ll complete my backroom staff and start working to the fullest.

“You always learn things on this job, but you must learn quickly. There are several ways to read formations.

“For example, you can use a 3-5-2 with widemen who play as full-backs or wingers. They are two different approaches.

“I like to play a game that starts with the defenders, but without taking too many risks.

“I want a tough, compact, aggressive and determined team who concede only a few goals.

“I don’t know how many points we’ll need to stay up, but right now I don’t care about that: I want my team to play with the right mindset.

“Only like that can we achieve our objectives. I think the situation we were in last season was worse because we had less time and the team had just lost 11 consecutive games.

“Now there’s more time, but nothing’s changed for me. I’ll work to the fullest from my first day.

“I’m happy when our players go with their national teams, especially if they play and gain international experience.”

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