Friday September 20 2019
Tudor: De Paul ban 'over the top'

Igor Tudor is confident Udinese can beat Brescia without talisman Rodrigo de Paul, even if his three-match ban was “over the top”.

The match kicks off at 14:00 BST tomorrow – click here for a preview.

“It’s normal that Brescia will be motivated, but we’ll be even more so,” Tudor said at a Press conference.

“There’s no-one more motivated than me. The mentality of our squad is acquired during training in the week.

“Brescia are a well-organised team, their players have known each other for a while and the Coach knows the team.

“It’s always difficult against them, but I’m focusing mainly on my team. I expect us to confirm the good things I’ve seen in these three games and do even better; it’s our objective.

“Then, of course, we’ve prepared for the game, given the dangers that can arise.”

The Zebrette will be without De Paul for their next three Serie A games after he slapped Inter winger Antonio Candreva last time out...

“I’ll give an opportunity to other players,” added the Coach.

“In the past, we’ve had excellent matches without Rodrigo. I’m convinced that’ll be the case tomorrow against Brescia.

“There was a provocation from the opponent, he’d been on the receiving end of a red-worthy foul and many insults...

“A three-match ban was over the top. At least one of the games should be rescinded. I talked to him, De Paul made a big mistake, but he’s a smart lad and I’m sure he’ll learn this lesson, coming back even more motivated and eager than before.”

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