Francesco Guidolin was furious with Udinese after they squandered a lead to lose in Florence. “If we don’t play better than this, we’ll never get into the Champions League.”
The Friulani changed eight of their starting XI from the 1-1 draw with Sporting Braga and had been 1-0 up through Maicosuel, but Stevan Jovetic’s late brace handed Fiorentina the 2-1 victory.
“If we don’t play better than this, we’ll never get past the play-off against Braga to reach the Champions League,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.
“We did good things in the first half, but dropped back far too much after the break. Fiorentina fully deserved the three points.
“This is a young side, many of them born in the 1990s, but we have got to grow up. We must play better football and do it fast, because on Tuesday the match is crucial.”
The second leg of the Champions League play-off is at the Stadio Friuli on Tuesday evening.