Francesco Guidolin has urged the Udinese ultras to stand by them during this difficult time. “This is a new and young side that needs the support of its fans.”
The Friulani have qualified for the Champions League preliminary round for two years running, but are struggling badly in 10th place and lie bottom of their Europa League group.
“This is a new and young Udinese side that needs the support of its fans,” said the Coach.
“I think that the team, which has proved it never gives up, deserves warmth and a supportive atmosphere. I hope that my squad remains the pride and joy of this region.
“The table might look different compared to in the past, but that doesn’t mean people should forget the efforts of these lads every single weekend.
“I can tell the players want to do well and grow, so we hope that as time goes on Roberto Pereyra can become like Mauricio Isla, Allan like Kwadwo Asamoah and Zeljko Brkic like Samir Handanovic.
“Over the last two years we barely had any injuries, whereas this season with the same staff and training methods we have had problems.
“At the moment we are creating goals fairly easily, but also conceding too many by making mistakes in defence. The whole team needs to be more attentive and precise.”
Guidolin was sent off for dissent in the 2-2 draw with Chievo and is concerned red cards for Coaches are becoming common.
“I think there are times when, albeit accepting the decisions and the verdict of the field, it is not easy to keep calm. I have never been offensive towards referees, who do a very difficult job. I don’t know if this is a new tendency and I certainly hope not.”
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