Igor Tudor can’t wait for Udinese to face Inter at San Siro tomorrow. “Antonio Conte is a friend and one of the best Coaches in the world.”

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The Friulani had a mixed start to the season, beating Milan in the opening weekend, then fumbling a lead in their home defeat to Parma.

They now visit a side that has a 100 per cent record under Conte and can also count on new signing Alexis Sanchez.

“Conte is a friend, a former teammate and one of the best Coaches in the world, so it’ll be wonderful to take him on tomorrow at San Siro, one of the most beautiful stadiums in football,” said Tudor in a Press conference.

“I can’t wait for the match to start. I think it’ll be a three-way fight for the Scudetto between Inter, Juventus and Napoli in what should be a fascinating campaign.

“Conte was determined to bring Romelu Lukaku in and it’s because he is a champion capable of changing games. We studied him and all the other players, because there’s an abundance of talent to pick from in the Nerazzurri squad.

“I expect Alexis Sanchez to start tomorrow with Lautaro Martinez on the bench, but it makes no difference, as we’ve prepared for all eventualities.”

Udinese will not be able to count on transfer deadline day signing Stefano Okaka, who arrived from Watford “with a few fitness problems.”

Udinese squad for Inter: Musso, Nicolas, Perisan; De Maio, Samir, Stryger Larsen, Becao, Nuytinck, Opoku, Sierralta; Sema, Barak, De Paul, Fofana, Jajalo, Kubala, Mandragora, Walace; Lasagna, Nestorovski, Pussetto, Teodorczyk


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