Thursday October 24 2013
Pinzi plots Roma upset

Udinese’s Giampiero Pinzi is hoping to respond to the defeat at Milan last weekend by becoming the first side to stop Roma this term.

The two teams will meet at the Stadio Friuli with the Bianconeri eager to bring an end to the capital club’s 100 per cent record.

“Roma are going through an incredibly positive period,” the former Lazio man told Udinese Channel. “But we are a good team at home – our strength is the Friuli stadium and Roma know it.

“We need to recover after the loss to Milan. We don't seem to be able to win away games, but at home we do better – even if we could do even better.”

Roma have conceded just one goal this term, a defensive solidity aided by the summer signing of Mehdi Benatia from the Udine outfit.

“Roma's strength lies in the defence,” added the 32-year-old midfielder.

“My friend Benatia is making a difference. I am happy for him, but I hope he makes some mistakes on Sunday.

“I didn't expect him to adjust so well, because in Rome there is a higher pressure than here in Udine.

“But Toto Di Natale and Luis Muriel are the players who can make a difference to us. But first of all we must be strong and be aware that Roma are very strong on the counter-attack.”