Massimo Oddo singles out Roma for strong youth development

CAGLIARI, ITALY - APRIL 14: Massimo Oddo, coach of Udinese looks on  during the serie A match betweenCagliari Calcio v Udinese Calcio at Stadio Sant'Elia on April 14, 2018 in Cagliari, Italy.  (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)

Former Milan striker Massimo Oddo, who’s currently managing Serie C side Padova, weighed in on the lack of youth development in Italy but claimed Roma are an exception.

Oddo, 46, praised the Giallorossi’s infrastructure in developing young players, insisting they’re one of the few who put youngsters in a position to thrive.

“We need an reexamination of conscience here in Italy,” he began. “At all levels we need players to grow and have everyone ready for the next World Cup.”

“From a youth level perspective, there’s a few clubs that do things very, very well such as Roma, Atalanta, and Empoli.”

“However, we need to expand and improve the facilities and other infrastructure at clubs. When compared to other countries we’re very far behind.”

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