Monday June 8 2015
Colantuono: ‘Atalanta, Udinese similar’

New Udinese Coach Stefano Colantuono says the Zebrette are similar to his former employer Atalanta because they target survival each season.  

The 52-year-old was today presented to the media for the first time in his new role and underlined his willingness to bring through youngsters and experiment with his team.

"Udinese is a club that many others look up to,” he said in today’s Press conference.

“Atalanta and Udinese are similar in many respects. Maintaining their Serie A status is the number one objective.

"I've never had any problems working with youngsters. We brought loads of kids through at Atalanta in the last few years.

“I’ve never been set in my ways either. I have an idea of how I'd like Udinese to play but I want to discuss it with the team.

"There's no such thing as a 'best' formation. My favourite formation is the one that helps me to win matches."

The former Nerazzurri boss also praised departing Coach Andrea Stramaccioni and paid tribute to club legend Antonio Di Natale, while rejecting transfer talk.

“I wish Stramaccioni well. I understand what it's like at a time like this and I'm sure he'll be back in the dugout soon.

"I haven't spoken to Di Natale yet. He's a mainstay of this team, someone that everyone else looks up to.

 "You shouldn't go sounding off about what you want to achieve; you just make sure you do it. We have the right men for the job.

"Now is not the time to talk about players coming and going. We'll look at everything over the next few days. There's no rush.

"I fully agree with the decision to carry out our pre-season preparations in Udine. The facilities here are excellent.”

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