After Parma finished their preparations for tomorrow’s Serie A Tim 2018/19 match against Udinese at the Dacia Arena, coach Roberto D’Aversa spoke to journalists at the Collecchio Training Centre. Here’s what he had to say:
“The team is coming into this game after a good break following the match against Roma. We’ve worked well during these two weeks, both in our daily sessions and during the friendly against Ravenna. We’re aware of the fact that we need to start the second half of the season with the same ruthlessness and intensity we showed during the first half. I’ll make the necessary evaluations for tomorrow’s line-up. Kucka won’t start because he wasn’t able to train for 10 days due to a blow to his foot. This prevented him from training consistently, and it’ll take some time for him to get back to his peak condition. Rigoni has not been called up because he’s still carrying a knock from training last week.”
On Udinese, D'Aversa said: “Ever since Nicola has been there – and he’s someone I admire – they’ve picked up nine points in seven games. Looking at the table, he has managed to give the side more of a balance, with Udinese having won against Roma and Cagliari and drawn three times. It will be a difficult match in which they’ll probably use a 5-3-2 formation. A lot of good things have been done since he’s gone in, and we therefore have to be aware of the fact that we’ll be facing a team with excellent qualities."
The Crociati's coach spoke also about Stefano Okaka and the other Udinese's players: “They’ve been busy in the transfer window, signing a player like Okaka who is very good physically and dangerous on crosses. However, he’s also good at attacking spaces, and he’s powerful and fast like Lasagna. Should De Paul play in midfield in a 5-3-2 then he’s a player that can switch play well and is strong technically. They are a very physical side with players who are also technically gifted. We’ve analysed both their qualities and flaws. It’s important how we interpret this match, playing with determination and ruthlessness in every situation, whether that be a tackle or a pass. We’ll need to give our all.”
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