Saturday April 10 2021
Nicola: 'Not easy to neutralise De Paul'

Davide Nicola praises Torino after their 1-0 victory away to Udinese and assures ‘it’s not easy to neutralise someone like Rodrigo De Paul.’

Andrea Belotti converted the decisive penalty and Vanja Milinkovic-Savic made several saves, filling in for Salvatore Sirigu during his COVID lay-off.

The result put Toro five points clear of the relegation zone, but Nicola isn’t getting ahead of himself.

“We’re not done yet, because our situation still doesn’t leave us satisfied,” the coach told DAZN.

“What we are satisfied with is the progress we are making. It’s not easy to neutralise someone like Rodrigo De Paul, but we did well to limit his influence with teamwork. It can only take a moment for a player like that to make the difference.

“I am most pleased with how clear-headed and sharp we were under pressure. Toni Sanabria and Belotti did a lot of hard work to help the team and I think today’s victory is thanks to the unity shown by those who started and came off the bench.”