Francesco Guidolin urged Udinese to “hang on” during this difficult period of form, as they take on Cagliari tonight.
The Friulani have lost three of their last four Serie A games and were held to a disappointing 0-0 home draw by PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday.
“This is a moment in which we have to hang on,” said the Coach. “We have games in quick succession and problems due to injuries, for example that Giampiero Pinzi is unavailable for this and perhaps also PAOK and Bologna too.
“We are facing teams who have perhaps played once in 20 days due to the matches being snowed off, while we had three or four.”
Antonio Di Natale is still absent after suffering a micro-fracture to his foot, while Mauricio Isla is out for three months following knee ligament surgery.
“Di Natale is in pain, so even thinking about running or working with the ball right now is impossible. Cagliari have quality in attack and they’ll really test us.”
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