Francesco Guidolin “breathed a sigh of relief” after Inter missed a last-gasp penalty, giving Udinese the victory at San Siro.
It was a dramatic 1-0 finale with Mauricio Isla’s goal, then Antonio Di Natale’s spot-kick was saved and Javier Zanetti sent off. However, moments later Giampaolo Pazzini stepped up only to slip and balloon over the bar.
“With Pazzini’s penalty I really hoped Samir Handanovic would save it, so when I saw the ball soaring, I breathed a sigh of relief,” confessed the Coach.
“It was a heart-stopping match and I am satisfied with the performance from my players. I’m particularly happy with Isla, who I think can become a sort of Simone Perrotta character with seven or eight goals per season.”
Udinese are now joint top of the table alongside Milan, awaiting the Juventus game against Cesena on Sunday.
“It doesn’t happen every day for Udinese to beat Inter at San Siro,” he said of their first victory here since 2004.
“Being top is marvellous and we are notching up the points consistently. It’s particularly good that we got this result when 72 hours ago we were on a plane back from France. Having said that, let’s just live in the present and not look to the future.”
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!