Thursday September 8 2011
Obodo anticipates tough Udinese

Christian Obodo has given his new team Lecce the inside track on his old side Udinese, as the two prepare to meet on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Nigerian international midfielder joined the Salentini on loan from Udinese this summer, and reflected on facing his former teammates for the first time as a Lecce player:

"This Sunday, the first of the campaign, I find myself facing my ex-teammates, which is nice for me. I was very attached to Udine: I bought a house there and had a good relationship with the fans and the team."

Obodo also took time to warn his new teammates of his old teammates' strengths: "They are strong in all departments and on the bench have very valid alternative options.

"We will have to be at our best to beat them, they are doing well and have already played more games than us. The important thing is not to give them too much space, because they have quality players that can exploit such situations."

Fellow new arrival Massimo Oddo was on hand to give his view on his latest teammates, before also anticipating a tough opening fixture in front of his new home fans:

"The first impression I have of the team is excellent. What is critical is that, as with any team, we have the right mix of young and experienced players.

"Are Udinese a tricky opponent? In my opinion, any game can be tough. Certainly Udinese are a good team and have played together for a couple of years.

"At the same time, I like to think that our opponents think of us as a tough cookie to deal with. It is up to us to prove that.

"It is important to start well in the League as it would give us enthusiasm, and make our season objective all the more possible."

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