Udinese defender, William Troost-Ekong has revealed that nothing will be left to chance in their away clash against second-placed Napoli when they meet on Sunday.
The Super Eagles centre back acknowledged that the game would be tough but his side are ready to go home with at least a point.
“The game against Napoli this weekend is gonna be a tough one,” he said.
“We faced Juventus last week and it was a difficult game and now we have the same.”
“We’re gonna go away to Napoli, who are probably equally as good and have as much striking power as much, they have great movement and their team are in form so it’s gonna be a good test for us.”
“We’re gonna go there to try and get a point and see what else is possible. But we have to go there and show some fighting spirit.”
Troost-Ekong also commended the Serie A as a top league where challenges like facing teams like Napoli and Juventus are the times to show your worth. He said: “When you play in this league, you’re gonna come up against teams with so much quality and it’s all part of it.”
“It’s a good test for me and definitely games that make me better so I’m just gonna enjoy it and see what we can get on the weekend.”
Since his move from Bursaspor Troost-Ekong has been an integral part of Udinese’s defence, making 26 appearances so far.
The Dutch-born defender sees his position as a key role alluding to the fact that the coaches are particular about tactics, the team’s technicality and also the shape of the defence and their defenders.
“The league has been great for me in the first season, to come here to be important from the start and I feel like I’ve gained a lot in the last months playing in the Serie A, in Italy.
“Here, we spend so much time working on the tactics and there’s so much attention for detail especially in the defensive side, here they appreciate defending so much and it’s one of the first things any coach will assess – how their defenders are playing, and how the defence shape the team.”
The 25-year-old was recently listed among top foreign Eagles in form, and this has helped him keep his place in Gernot Rohr’s squad to face Seychelles in the final match of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier and the international friendly against The Pharaohs of Egypt.