Francesco Guidolin dedicated Udinese’s win and Serie A leadership to those fans “who followed us to Madrid.”
The Friulani beat Siena 2-1 to go top of the table, just days after their 4-0 Europa League defeat to Atletico Madrid.
“We are very happy to be on top and this time we’ll be here for at least 15 days because of the break for international duty,” said the Coach.
They are joint leaders with Lazio thanks to the fact Napoli-Juventus has been called off.
“I dedicate it to those 1,500 fans who followed us to Madrid and had to see us embarrass ourselves.
“We struggled a little towards the end against a Siena side lead by a wonderful Coach like Giuseppe Sannino, so they were very difficult to beat. Nonetheless, we managed to play a good game.”
Antonio Di Natale scored his eighth goal of the Serie A season and could earn an Italy recall.
“Naturally I hope Toto’ can score even more than he did last year. In football terms, he’s still a youngster in my eyes. At this moment we are not as sharp as we were last term, admittedly because it makes a big difference to lose a player like Alexis Sanchez.
“As for the Nazionale, that decision is down to Cesare Prandelli.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!