NEWS
Monday September 19 2011
Guidolin: Target is avoiding relegation

Francesco Guidolin has looked to dampen early season enthusiasm after two wins from two, insisting Udinese's first target is avoiding relegation.

The Zebrette have recorded consecutive 2-0 wins to start the season, and find themselves as one of four teams with maximum points, and one of only two sides not to have conceded a goal yet.

However, Guidolin, who led the club to a fourth place finish last season, insists he is thinking first only about avoiding relegation.

"These are important points because there have been so many players who have come in for those who have left.

"We must try to win as many points as possible, if we do, we will certainly reach with ease that step of 40 points. We can then look to other things, but that will come later."

Udinese defeated Fiorentina with an Antonio Di Natale penalty and a neat finish from Mauricio Isla. However, the team had 14 per cent less possession, and recorded fewer attempts on goal than their opponents.

Despite this, Guidolin remained upbeat on what his players have shown him.

"It was our best game from the beginning of the season. We have some guys to follow, and we are still not yet at the top of our ability.

"However, we faced a great opponent and we did well in terms of quality of the performance."

Guidolin also spoke of the strain of watching the game from the sidelines.

"I suffer on the bench, perhaps a little too much. Maybe I'm getting old, I don't know.

"I think I can control everything, but I cannot, but I'm fine, there is no problem."

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