Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin has told his players to silence their doubters in the game at Catania on Saturday.
The Bianconeri have lost three of their last four encounters and the 3-0 home reverse to Inter didn’t inspire confidence.
“I expect a strong reaction from the whole team,” the tactician stated on Friday. “The defeat to Inter has been negative for our image.
“We didn't play well and we conceded two goals from set-pieces – we can do better than that.”
Udinese, who will face successive ties against Fiorentina, Juventus and Napoli from Week 13 onwards, are currently tenth in the standings.
“We are going through a tough time as you can all see,” continued the former Parma and Palermo tactician.
“We can't seem to transfer on to the pitch what we do during training sessions.
“I hope this week, which has been intense and anxious, has made everybody aware of the situation we are facing.
“We don't have to be too pessimistic, this is just sport and tough moments happen also to bigger teams than ours.
“But I expect a positive reaction from my squad tomorrow.”
Guidolin was asked whether the trip to Sicily had now become a ‘must-win’ game for his Stadio Friuli boys.
“Three years ago I experienced a particular moment, when Udinese picked up no points from four games.
“I knew that I would have lost the team if I hadn't won Cesena – it's part of the game. I don't think this is the most important match for me though and the result is not the only vital thing.
“We must consider the performance, the result, our energy, enthusiasm. But, of course, every Serie A Coach prepares for a match hoping to win it.”
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