Francesco Guidolin is still smarting after the Europa League defeat, so he urged Udinese to “not be hasty or anxious” against Lazio.
The Friulani suffered a shock 3-1 home loss to Slovan Liberec in the first leg of that play-off on Thursday evening, unluckily hitting the woodwork three times.
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“Udinese are a side who must fight in every arena to eventually notch up 40 points,” said Guidolin in his Press conference.
“There are already three points up for grabs tomorrow and our recent encounters with Lazio have always been hard-fought. They put us under serious pressure every time and probably our worst performance of the last three years was last season in Rome.
“It is important to have clear ideas on our objectives straight away and this team has always obeyed me to the letter. No disorder and frenetic approach, we cannot be hasty or anxious. We need calm and sharpness to push forward.”
The Coach insisted there would be no “psychological after-effects” of the Europa League shock.
“The only team in the minds of these players is Lazio. From Sunday night we can start thinking about how to fight back against Slovan Liberec. It can be done, but we mustn’t be as anxious as we were in the first leg.”
Antonio Di Natale needed five stitches to his head after that game and Luis Muriel also picked up a knock.
“Both of them will be with the team in Rome, but I don’t know yet if they will play.”