Saturday January 16 2021
Gotti saw Udinese lose heart

Luca Gotti believes Udinese deserved more from their 2-1 defeat to Sampdoria, but let the tension get to them after the equaliser.

The Friulani had the better of the game and took the lead through Rodrigo De Paul, but Antonio Candreva’s chipped penalty and a late Ernesto Torregrossa header turned it around.

“For about 70 minutes, Udinese had a very good game and didn’t make that count as much as we could’ve done. We had still taken the lead, but until the penalty, we never got the sensation Sampdoria were dangerous,” the coach told DAZN.

“What I didn’t like was the 15 minutes after the equaliser, which is when some fear came in and we allowed things we shouldn’t have, culminating in that cross for the winning goal.

“Our position in the table is not good at the moment and we were coming off a game we lost in the final minutes. I do see a psychological aspect to what happened this evening, as after the equaliser, we started to think it was all happening again, we got tense, it was palpable the change of mood.”

Samp changed the game with their substitutions, whereas Udinese made relatively few adjustments from the bench.

“I am reflecting on what I could’ve done differently in that 15 minutes, but I don’t think there were many other options to make a big impact,” added Gotti.

“De Paul has this ability to bring quality and quantity, so I try not to change the balance around him too much or move him further forward. I thought Roberto Pereyra worked very hard and I liked his performance.

“I think the only area we were missing this evening was in the final third. What we need are goals, because for those 60-70 minutes, we deserved more than being 1-0 up, in my view.”

The Friulani are dealing with an injury crisis, ruling out Ignacio Pussetto, Gerard Deulofeu, Stefano Okaka and Fernando Forestieri.