Saturday April 20 2019
Tudor: Udinese 'ready' for Sassuolo

Udinese Coach Igor Tudor believes his side are ‘ready’ to lift themselves away from relegation danger against Sassuolo on Saturday.

The Zebrette are just three points above the drop zone in Serie A, so a win is vital for their survival hopes.

“From what I saw in training today, I feel that I’m able to say that we are ready for tomorrow’s battle with Sassuolo,” Tudor said at a Press conference.

“They have good players and are a team who always makes good use of the ball.

“They are built to do well in this League. Sometimes they have struggled, but other times have shown good things.

“An excellent team are waiting for us, but we’re playing at home and it will be important for us to do well.”

Tudor went on to speak about Rodrigo de Paul, who has scored three times from the penalty spot this season.

“Yesterday he took 10 penalties and scored them all, so if we get a penalty tomorrow he will score.”

Udinese lost to Lazio in their rearranged game midweek, and the former Juventus defender has been busy dusting his side down.

“I intervened immediately after the game with Lazio to make them forget that defeat, but the players must find their own motivations, considering the difficulty of tomorrow’s match.”

Finally, Tudor gave an update on the conditions of Marco D’Alessandro, Bram Nuytinck and Seko Fofana, as well as defender Samir, whose partner recently gave birth.

“They are ready but, as with all players returning from injury, it will take 3-4 games for them to get back to match fitness.

“Fofana already has match sharpness, D’Alessandro a little less so, while Nuytinck needs more time.

“I talked to Samir after the game [against Lazio]. It was important to give him time off after the birth of his son.

“I told him that tomorrow he had to focus on the game as there can’t be anything to affect our objective, which is to do well.”

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