Hellas Verona boss Ivan Jurić has lavished praises on Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyeman Badu for his style of play and professionalism following his side’s 2-1 win over Cagliari in the Serie A on Saturday.
The Ghana midfielder lasted the entire period of the game in central midfield with an inspiring display for I Gialloblu who overcame Cagliari with 10 men in the second game of the Serie A since the resumption
The 29-year-old midfield workhorse had to increase his work-rate in the midfield as Verona were reduced to 10 men following Fabio Borini’s dismissal on the 35th minute mark.
Badu, who is on loan at Verona from Udinese, controlled the midfield as he scored 6.63 in Whoscored.com’s player rating. He also scored high marks on his passing accuracy in the game after emerging with 86.1%.
In the post-match interview Jurić praised the 2014 FIFA World Cup Ghana star for his show of professionalism and style of play.
“I want to single out Badu, because he really has been through everything over the last year. He was in hospital, he lost his sister, he has been through so many things recently, but he was an absolute professional.”
“I wanted to play more with ball to feet and the midfielders pushing up, like Emmanuel Badu and Sofyan Amrabat, so Zaccagni was more suitable for that role.”
“These lads enjoy spending time together, playing football and training, so I didn’t have problems getting them working again. The only issues we had after the lockdown was in terms of fitness and injuries.
Saturday’s game marks Badu’s first start of the season as he spent most part of the season with illness, recovering just around the time before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The win over Cagliari has strategically positioned Verona to snatch an Europa League play-off ticket.
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