Francesco Guidolin won’t rotate the Udinese squad too much for their Coppa Italia clash with Chievo. “We want to keep going in this tournament.”
The Friulani are just two points off joint Serie A leaders Juventus and Milan, but are distracted by tomorrow’s Cup test.
“I will undoubtedly have to modify the line-up, but we want to keep going in this tournament, so I will construct a balanced side,” said Guidolin.
“We are missing some key players, while I have to evaluate the fitness levels of those who played on Sunday. Mauricio Isla is in doubt after picking up a knock.
“I don’t know what Chievo opponent to expect, but in terms of effort and concentration, I know Domenico Di Carlo will keep them absolutely on edge. They’ll have the same spirit as they do in Serie A.
“Lazio and Roma had problems against them, so this will be a difficult test for us.”
Udinese also have to juggle Europa League commitments this season and started earlier than most due to the Champions League preliminary round in August.
“We are taking our campaign one step at a time. Undoubtedly we earned the right to go into the Coppa Italia later thanks to our results last season. It is something we have to take advantage of. We can talk about the future after this game.”
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