Francesco Guidolin fires up Udinese to welcome Inter in the early kick-off, but insists he is “proud” of his career compared to young prodigy Andrea Stramaccioni.
The 57-year-old Coach has never been in charge of a top club, whereas Stramaccioni was given the Nerazzurri bench and turns 37 next week.
“In England the situation is different to Italy, as certain people can be fast-tracked to the top. I don’t envy anyone, not Stramaccioni nor Sir Alex Ferguson,” said Guidolin.
“I am proud of my career and to have reached this stage without help from anyone. Inter are a quality squad and we hope to get some points out of this game.
“I prefer to have a team that is ready to change shape at any moment of the match. We are working on the capability to have the same players in a different system.
“In order to beat Inter we must be perfect in every respect and watch out for the incidents, as they can decide a game.
“The Nerazzurri are among the strongest three or four sides in Serie A.”
This will be a reunion with Samir Handanovic, the former Udinese goalkeeper now defending the Inter net.
“He is a professional, a good and scrupulous guy. We are happy to have helped him grow.”
Udinese squad for Inter: Brkic, Padelli, Pawlowski; Angella, Basta, Coda, Danilo, Domizzi, Heurtaux, Gabriel Silva, Pasquale; Allan, Faraoni, Lazzari, Merkel, Pereyra, Willians.; Barreto, Di Natale, Maicosuel, Muriel, Ranegie, Zielinski