Francesco Guidolin is taking nothing for granted in tomorrow’s Europa League play-off with Siroki. “We failed to secure qualification.”
The Friulani are in a strong position after winning 3-1 in Bosnia and the second leg is at the Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste at 19.45 UK time.
“We failed to secure qualification and if we didn’t manage that it is entirely our fault,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“I want to see the side as concentrated and focused as if the tie was still completely in the balance. I spoke to the lads and expect the right response on the field.
“This is a real match and not a friendly. The spirit is completely different and we must not fall into the trap of thinking we’re already qualified. There are 90 minutes to go.
“It is always a preliminary round to enter a tournament, so whether it’s the Europa League or Champions League, Arsenal or Siroki, it makes no difference.”
Udinese are playing their home games in Trieste while the Stadio Friuli undergoes a revamp.
“It will be a year of difficulties that we must put up with and learn to live with.”
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