Francesco Guidolin tries to pick Udinese up after their Europa League defeat and ahead of Novara. “This is not the moment to feel the fatigue.”
The Friulani are falling off the pace and were beaten 2-0 by AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, while Lazio leapfrogged them into third place in Serie A.
“We knew that our position in the table is and remains wonderful, but that stronger teams would inevitably get back into the race,” said the Coach.
“If Napoli win six in a row and Inter return to victory, the pressure does not grow on us, because we know the reality of Italian football. We never kidded ourselves.
“We are facing a very determined Novara side and must be wary of their tactical approach, as they have a particular style of playing.
“I could make a few changes in terms of how my players are set out. This is the time to hold on tight, not the moment to feel the fatigue. We’ve got to recover as much as possible and give 100 per cent.
“We have players who know how to do well, but the attitude and stamina becomes crucial at this stage of the season.”
Dusan Basta, Emmanuel Badu and Mauricio Isla are out of action, but Antonio Di Natale returns to the starting XI after he was rested against AZ.
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