Saturday February 22 2020
Gotti: 'Wrong Udinese attitude'

Udinese coach Luca Gotti was disappointed with his players after the stoppage-time Bologna equaliser. “I didn’t like our second half attitude at all.”

Stefano Okaka had put the Friulani in front at the Stadio Dall’Ara, but the siege eventually paid off with Rodrigo Palacio’s 92nd-minute goal.

“The first half was exactly what we planned, but I didn’t expect us to lose control of the game, to think the 1-0 result was enough to change our approach,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“There was so much talk about the result and once we took the lead, there was excessive focus on defending it. I didn’t like our second half performance or attitude at all.

“We kept chasing them and I wanted us to control the match, to show more character towards the end. We were almost there, we got to stoppages, so it would’ve been a discussion for inside the dressing room, but the equaliser changed everything.”

Rodrigo De Paul remains the standout Udinese player, as his free kick provided the assist for Okaka’s header.

“He really does make the difference, so despite everyone feeling tired, I thought it best to keep him on and move him into a more advanced role as a striker.”

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