Saturday September 14 2019
Tudor: 'De Paul was upset'

Udinese Coach Igor Tudor reassured Rodrigo De Paul after a costly red card, but confessed allowing Stefano Sensi a decisive Inter header was disappointing.

The Friulani lost 1-0 at San Siro, as after De Paul was sent off for an off the ball slap on Antonio Candreva’s face, Sensi got in front of Rodrigo Becao to nod in Diego Godin’s cross.

“The red card is part of the game and clearly the situation changed entirely after that. It’s not easy to play here for an hour with 10 men, but we kept it open until the final whistle anyway,” Tudor told Sky Sport Italia.

“I think we had three very good performances this season. If you look at the games overall, we conceded on all three Parma attempts and tonight it was pretty even throughout. Football gives and takes away.”

Considering how tall the Udinese centre-backs are, does it gall Tudor to see Sensi score with a header when he’s the shortest man on the pitch?

“Yes, that is true. Of course, a header isn’t all about centimetres, it’s about positioning, timing and anticipating the opponent’s movements.”

Did De Paul apologise to his teammates for the entirely unnecessary red card?

“He was upset, obviously. He had come from a long journey after international duty with Argentina and was quite irritable at being fouled a few minutes earlier.

“This can happen in football, the important thing is to learn from mistakes. De Paul will be important for us, just as he was last season.”

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