Saturday February 8 2020
Lopez: 'Brescia, take responsibility'

Diego Lopez prepares for his Brescia debut against Udinese. “I told the players was two coaches can’t be to blame, you have to take responsibility.”

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The Rondinelle brought in Lopez on Wednesday, having fired Eugenio Corini twice already this season, with a brief month-long spell under Fabio Grosso.

“I know this is a complicated situation, but the team is well-trained and has good fitness levels,” said the new boss in his press conference.

“I watched Italian football even when I was in Uruguay, I know every game is a battle and I like it like that. Udinese are physically strong, work hard and have a lot of pace in attack. We need to protect our defence better as a unit rather than as individuals.”

His first job was to work on the squad psychologically, as they may well be confused by the constant changes of management.

“The first thing I told the players was two coaches can’t both be to blame. You have to take responsibility. Nobody put Brescia in this situation, we did it ourselves.

“The team knows that, is determined to turn it around and that is the most important thing. In one way, there’s not much time left, but in another, there’s a long way to go. We must convince the fans that this side wants to fight it out.”

Mario Balotelli returns from suspension, but Ernesto Torregrossa is banned instead.

“Balotelli is a strong player in every area. We can play in a few different ways with him and he can make the difference in any Serie A side. We’ve got to make the most of the fact we have a forward like this at our disposal."

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