·30 July 2022
·30 July 2022
Udinese coach Andrea Sottil was happy with his players in their friendly defeat to Chelsea.
The Blues ran out 3-1 winners at Dacia Arena, with Gerard Deulofeu netting Udinese's goal before the break.
“Considering the pedigree of the opposition, the size of their squad and the fact that they're further along with their preparation, I saw some good things today," the boss began. “We need to improve but the team tried to remain compact at all times.
“At the start, we seemed too concerned with our opponents but then we settled into the game and pulled a goal back. It's a shame we conceded that third goal late on, but fatigue was setting in by then.
“It was good to get minutes in the legs of some of the lads who are still catching up with their fitness. Overall, I'm happy.
“It's a shame when you lose players to injury. Tomorrow we have another match and then we'll switch to a standard week. I'm glad no one got injured today and that the others are recovering now. The lads who had minor complaints are all responding well.
“Generally I'm pleased with what I saw. This team has great humility and I'm sure we have a good season ahead.
“This is a match that lasts 180 minutes. We've just played the first 90 tonight. A few of the lads asked to come off but it's nothing serious. We'll finish this preparation phase tomorrow. It's been a great opportunity to give proper game time to all the players. When we have everyone available, we'll be in great shape."
Finally. Sottil commented on the Friuli faithful who turned out in numbers for a pre-season friendly.
"The stadium was already wonderful when I used to play here; now it's fabulous. Credit to the fans who came tonight – their support was touching."
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