Sunday April 5 2015
Strama: 'Fine Perica debut'

Andrea Stramaccioni is proud of Udinese's four-game unbeaten run, singling out Chelsea loaner Stipe Perica against Genoa.

Yesterday's game at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris seemed to start on the wrong foot for the Zebrette, as they found themselves one goal down after less than 20 minutes, but a tap-in by Cyril Thereau gave them the equaliser they were looking for.

Stramaccioni's attention, however, went to 19-year-old striker Perica, who put in a strong performance in his first Serie A start.

“He trained wonderfully all week and I think the pair I fielded [alongside Thereau] was the best option to trouble Genoa's back-line,” said the Coach after a 1-1 draw.

“Congratulations to Stipe for his full debut, but now we must keep our head out of the clouds and our feet on the ground.

“I don't think that containing Genoa makes for an easy task. This game was a litmus test for Udinese, and if you compare it with our game against them in the November [4-2 for the Grifone], it's clear that we've come a long way.

“This is the fourth game we've gone unbeaten now, and we're taking some real steps forward in terms of our football. The continuity in terms of performance boosts our morale and our confidence.

“Playing against us is a challenge for everyone because we're good at clamping down the opponent when they try to develop their football.

“I want to congratulate all of my lads but in particular the defenders, who played a strong game.”

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