Francesco Guidolin cannot wait for Udinese’s game with Catania that could seal Champions League qualification. “We are so close to Paradise.”
The Friulani are in third place and know even a point in Sicily will be enough to ensure they go into the preliminary round for Europe’s top competition.
“The team trained well during the week and was not particularly tense. We are at the sprint finish, so must have the right heart and legs to reach this important objective,” said the Coach.
“I repeat what I said last week, that I didn’t expect us to be challenging for third place, but we started so strong this season and were pretty consistent throughout the campaign.
“I am a little tense, which is my nature and I’m afraid tension will always be my companion to the end of my days.
“I wish the game had already started and I want to dream, but first of all we must get the response from the pitch. We are so close to Paradise, but we’re not there yet.
“I told the lads to concentrate as much as possible on Catania and not to think about anything else happening this week. We must step on to the field aware it is a difficult game against a team that has nothing to lose.
“Catania have great quality and I must compliment Vincenzo Montella on what his men have done this term.”
Udinese had fallen off the pace for a while with a series of disappointing results when fatigue set in, but Guidolin never lost faith.
“Even when things weren’t going well and I heard criticism about our precarious fitness levels, I had no doubts this wasn’t the problem. The fitness coaches worked very well and I have to praise them.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!