Francesco Guidolin vented his fury at the scheduling of Udinese’s Champions League play-off against Sporting Braga. “It’s absurd!”
The Friulani go head-to-head with the Portuguese side on August 21 and play the second leg on home turf on August 28.
“We will once again be facing three games in six days, because Serie A starts on August 25,” Guidolin told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“It’s absurd and damages the sport. They organise these things to make the television companies happy, but it is not good for football.
“On top of all that, there is an international friendly scheduled for August 15. In a week like that they are taking away nine of my best players and I need to practice certain things with the whole squad.”
Udinese thrashed Southampton 4-0 in a friendly at the weekend and handed their squad list to UEFA, which does not include Paulo Vitor Barreto.
“Antonio Di Natale is our extra man and I hope he can take that role against Braga too,” continued Coach Guidolin.
“I noticed in Southampton that he is an incredible reference point. His teammates only needed to see him on the field in order to feel more confident.
“The 3-5-1-1 system is solid and anyone who comes here works hard to understand it as well as possible.
“Our objectives are to get into the Champions League and notch up 40 Serie A points as quickly as we can.”
Udinese UEFA squad:
1 Zeliko Brkic, 93 Wojciech Pawlowski, 22 Rafael Romo Perez; 8 Dusan Basta, 16 Andrea Coda, 11 Maurizio Domizzi, 17 Medhi Benatia, 75 Thomas Heurtaux, 5 Larangeira Danilo, 26 Giovanni Pasquale; 27 Pablo Armero, 7 Emmanuel Badu, 41 Luca Baldassin, 18 Christian Battocchio, 88 Willians, 6 Marco Davide Faraoni, 3 Allan Marques, 37 Maximiliano Pereyra, 66 Gianpiero Pinzi, 42 Marco Piscopo; 10 Antonio Di Natale, 31 Diego Fabbrini, 43 Davide Marsura, 24 Luis Muriel, 77 Reginaldo Maicosuel.