Udinese fell to a surprise home defeat at the hands of Parma as Francesco Guidolin dubbed it “a classic off day.”
The Friulani could've closed on Lazio in fourth, but instead were beaten 2-0 on home turf.
“It was a classic off day,” shrugged the Coach. “We started well, but in quick succession went a goal down and were reduced to 10 men.
“At that point we started a difficult attempt at a comeback. Despite being a man down, we pinned Parma back into their own half after the break, conceding the second goal on the counter late on.”
Udinese President Giampaolo Pozzi had complained before the match, suggesting it was unwise to assign a Roman referee when his team are battling both Lazio and Roma for places.
“The President simply asked if it was opportune to make this choice in a decisive period of the season. We accepted it and did not protest.
“We are still there, one point behind fourth place. If we do finish in the top four, then it will be exceptional. Even qualifying for the Europa League would be a success.
“If we end the season empty-handed, then we will still have made a mark on the campaign.”