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Udinese is “playing for its life,” says coach Tudor

UDINE, ITALY - MAY 04: Radja Nainggolan of FC Internazionale competes for the ball with Kevin Lasagna of Udinese Calcio during the Serie A match between Udinese and FC Internazionale at Stadio Friuli on May 4, 2019 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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Udinese is on the verge of the Italian Lega Serie A relegation zone, they are just two points clear of the 18th place with three games to go.

With three matches left in the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season, Udinese is just two points clear of the relegation zone.

The team has 34 points, after eight victories, ten draws, and 17 defeats.

Which is why today’s match against Frosinone, an already relegated team in the 19th position, is very important.

“It will be a very difficult game with Frosinone,” Udinese coach Igor Tudor told Football Italia.

“We understand we are playing for lives here. We will have to change up our tactics a little, as we will play them differently than we would Inter or Atalanta.”

“However, the key for us is to continue along the path we have already set out on, and that is to play with intensity, pressure the opposition when they have the ball, while still being compact and aggressive,” he added.

“At the same time though we will have to be careful to not unbalance the structure of the team and leave ourselves open. I’ve seen the team grow over the last few games.”

“We played well against two great sides like Atalanta and Inter, and this week I tried to get the concept of ‘mentality’ into my player’s heads,” he continued.

“If we play like we did the last few weeks then we should do well, if, on the other hand, we go to Frosinone with the idea that we are facing a team already relegated, with nothing to play for then we won’t play well.”