New Udinese coach Davide Nicola has admitted that it is a tough job for him to take on, but he “can see the potential” in the squad. The 45-year-old, who is known for helping Crotone avoid relegation in their first season in Serie A in 2016-17, has been appointed to replace the departing Julio Velazquez with Udinese in 17th position in the table and outside of the relegation places only on goal difference.
Nicola’s objective is to help the Zebrette pull away from the lower reaches of the league, which he is confident of achieving despite acknowledging that “it won’t be easy”.
He added at his press conference on Wednesday: “I haven’t seen all the players yet, but I can see the potential the lads have. I’m really hungry to start working with these lads. “It’s essential to get the most out of every member of the squad.
I’m here because I demand a lot from myself, and I’ll dedicate a lot of time to the lads. My football is about organisation, and I want everyone to be involved. “After working with the lads, I will be much more precise when asked about what the team can do.
Now we just need to adapt, I’ll try to get 100 per cent from every player in the squad, then I want to prove to the fans that I can play a brave style of football, albeit with the right balance.”