Monday February 10 2014
‘Udinese want away goal’

Udinese Coach Francesco Guidolin says his side will be going for an away goal in the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final.

The Friuli Venezia Giulia outfit take a 2-1 lead to Florence where they will once again face Vincenzo Montella’s Fiorentina, but the Italian tactician believes the tie is finely poised.

“In our heads it’s our idea to score an away goal and to be as proactive as possible,” Guidolin told journalists at his pre-match press-conference.

“But it will depend on what the opposition does and what they allow us to do.

“Udinese tomorrow are not favourites, we have a slight advantage but it’s the bare minimum because we’re up against one of the four best teams in Italy at the moment.

“I’m not saying we are the underdogs, but we aren’t the favourites either.

“It will be a hostile atmosphere. We know the Fiorentina crowd are passionate, who get involved and who go to the stadium to spur their team on.

“But I have always said, we are the masters of our own fortune and misfortune.

“We need to do everything perfectly, showing our character and our quality.

“Fiorentina have already made the final nine times and won six of them, so they have tradition, but we will do everything we can.

“The whole game will be difficult, we need to be prepared for that. We need to know how to counter-attack, because the opposition will try to stop us in any way.

“We need to start the game in the right way. We are all dreaming of the chance to get to the final.”

Guidolin also commented on the role of new loan signing Hassan Yebda.

“He’s a player I still don’t know much about, who has great experience.

“He can play in any of the three midfield positions and gives us great presence in the air.

“He has a lot of characteristics that can help us.”

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