Udinese manager Gabriele Cioffi discusses tomorrow’s showdown against Roma

Gabriele Cioffi of Udinese

Udinese boss Gabriele Coffi admitted he’s eager to face-off against José Mourinho tomorrow evening when his side hosts Roma at the Dacia Arena.

The Giallorossi travel to Udine as they look to extend their eight match league unbeaten streak versus the Zebrette.

“My brother will come to see the game almost only to see me shake hands with Mourinho,” joked Cioffi.

“In all seriousness, it will of course be an important and rewarding moment. He’s a coach who I have studied. He’s a fascinating character who’s among the most successful coaches in the world along with Guardiola, Ancelotti and Zidane.”

“It’s never easy to have success, particularly over time, so that’s another reason for the players to turn in a great display.”

He continued, “We took an important step against Sampdoria. We know there’s a long ascent ahead of us and the teams behind us are nearby, but our target is also nearby, so we’re focused on the present.”

“We expect to face a top side that has clear ideas and real potential. They have game principles regardless of the formation. They haven’t conceded a goal in their last three matches.”

Finally, “They’ve improved so much in possession with the exception of the last game [against Vitesse], of course, which I don’t think matters much.”

“They’re adapting to the way matches are going, which is key, as reading games is something that top teams can do.”

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