Francesco Guidolin says Udinese must “change gear” if they are to get the better of Inter tomorrow and push for a Champions League spot.
The Friulani have been running out of steam recently, but with five games to go are still within three points of third-placed Lazio.
“Nibali would’ve won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race if he’d had a change of gear, but in sport you can’t always find that when you need it,” said the Coach and cycling enthusiast.
“We will try to change gear against Inter. We are aware that we were fortunate against Chievo when playing a very bad first half and that we need far more to do well against Inter. We’ll try, but it’s not easy, as what we need is a perfect performance.
“I think there is still petrol in the tank, as we do have physical fitness and athletic tests are positive. Determination and concentration are crucial to beat the big clubs. We must also remember that Udinese have never fought for Champions League qualification for two years in a row, so that must fill us with pride.
“At the start of the season we were the side everyone said was at risk of relegation, having started early with the preliminary round against Arsenal. I don’t know about you, but I feel great pride, motivation and enthusiasm looking back at the last two years.
“I don’t know if we’ll qualify for Europe again, but with 20 days left to the end of the battle, we are still up there.”
Maurizio Domizzi has been called up after he was dropped due to disciplinary issues last week.
“It’s all over now, the chapter is closed and there are no left-over problems,” assured Guidolin.
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