Nobody would have bet a single pound on Udinese’s impressive start to Serie A, but this extraordinary start to the year has changed all the dreams of a team destined to become the ‘Cinderella story’ of Italian football after Atalanta and Hellas. Verona by Igor Tudor.
Udinese are flying after five wins from their first seven games, and they have all the skills to shock the top clubs and show that money is not synonymous with victory in Italy, as it is in other parts of Europe.
In Italy it has been many years since there have been any wins for mid-level clubs but in England the phenomenon is much more recent, as recalled by Leicester’s crazy story with striker Jamie Vardy and Italian manager Claudio Ranieri leading the Foxes to glory of the Premier League. in 2016.
Udinese stunned Inter Milan by beating them 3-1 on Sunday to advance to third place in Serie A.
They dream of becoming the ‘Leicester of Italy’ after the Foxes won the Premier League in 2016
Udinese dreams of becoming the ‘Leicester of Italy’ but so far this is merely a wish by the end of the season, and there will be numerous obstacles to overcome along the way.
Coach Andrea Sottil chose Udine because he needed a man like him: strong and quiet, charismatic but not too loud, in perfect Friulian style, despite having Sicilian blood running through his veins and those of his son Riccardo, a young winger who He plays for Fiorentina.
The Udinese move in harmony like the melodious sound of a country accordion, very often played in Friuli, and traverse the entire countryside with great mastery.
They approached their last game with great enthusiasm and managed the most delicate moments of the match well. Taking on Inter Milan, the team had the strength to bounce back from an initial one-goal deficit when they came from behind to win 3-1 against a team that competed for the Scudetto just a few months ago.
Udinese have now moved up to third in the table, just one point behind leaders Napoli.
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A midfielder like Walace in central midfield reminds us of Allan, now at Everton and the last real player sold by the club to a top team like Napoli, but there are plenty of players who have matured in the 3-5- 2 of Sotil. training.
Lazar Samardzic and Tolgay Arslan are two exceptional players who have shown great technical qualities and character. Above all, Arslan is the perfect playmaker for the 3-5-2 system and has similar strengths to Miralem Pjanic, who was so effective at Juventus and Roma.
After humble beginnings in Hamburg, Arslan played in Turkey until arriving in Friuli at the age of 30: today he is the player most loved by the fans who hope to become the protagonist of a successful season for the team in Serie A.
Tolgay Arslan has become a key player for Udinese and has similar qualities to Miralem Pjanic
Gerard Deulofeu has struck up a formidable partnership with Beto this season
Roma and Inter were outplayed athletically and tactically by Udinese, proving to have an inferior technical framework to Sottil’s team.
Beto and Gerard Deulofeu together look like Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr, and yet they cost 50 times less than any player in Real Madrid’s attack.
Destiny Udogie, already sold to Tottenham but on loan for this season, and Jean-Victor Makengo run 10-12 kilometers in each match and are absolutely decisive in applying Sottil’s tactical teachings. They are two soldiers who run from box to box to exhaust their opponents.
Sottil earns 5.2 million pounds less than Allegri but has seven points more than Juventus
Sottil’s Udinese compared to Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus is a team with a precise identity and a precise philosophy that allows Sottil to gallop to the top of the table and refresh himself mentally during the international break.
Compared to Allegri, he earns 5.2 million pounds a year less but has seven points more: this statistic alone would be enough to demonstrate the miracle of little Udinese and the catastrophic failure of the giants Juventus.
Sottil speaks little and achieves exceptional results, while Allegri seems to have recently started a new career as a comedian, perhaps to deflect from disastrous results on the pitch.
Andrea Sottil cares a lot about his players and treats them as if they were his own children.
Massimiliano Allegri has been laughing and joking with Juventus, apparently trying to divert attention from how poorly his team is playing on the pitch.
His two ways of training are different but I’m sure that at the moment Sottil’s method, made of sweat and effort, is much more profitable both for the league position and for the club’s financial accounts.
Sottil is not an outspoken coach who craves media attention. He is a closed and reserved man, who gives little to the public, jokes and speaks only with the players whom he treats as his children.
Gianluca Cristaldi, his trusted assistant, is his best friend outside of training camp and the couple is inseparable.
Sottil was a fearsome defender who now scares opponents on the touchline.
Looking into his eyes was terrifying when he was a defender for Udinese but even today Sottil scares his opponents as a coach.
As a young defender he wrote wonderful pages in the club’s history and his appointment as manager ignited enthusiasm in a city dispirited by disappointing seasons in recent years.
Sottil likes to play with a four-man defense, but due to his love for the club and the technical characteristics of the team, he has chosen to move to 3-5-2.
With this tactical system, the full-back has managed to operate 100% and shows great solidity and intelligence in managing spaces.
Sottil has adapted to his team’s strengths and his fearsome demeanor scares opponents.
Udinese is a small team but with the mentality of a big club thanks to its coach and the Pozzo family, who have always believed in the team and in the economic fabric of the city by building the Dacia Arena.
Eighty-seven appearances as a player and six goals between 1999 and 2003 demonstrate Sottil’s loyalty to Udinese, considering that the club has rarely reached the heights of Italian football.
Sottil was a tough man who made physical strength and aggressiveness his main qualities and today he is a tactically sophisticated coach who wants to bring the game to his opponents, and that is exactly what Udinese have done so far this season.