Francesco Guidolin envisages a tough encounter as Udinese boss against former side Parma this weekend, in a game he admits motivation will count most.
The Zebrette are enduring a difficult run of form in the League, having collected just three points from the last 15 available and without a win in over a month.
Even with the side still in contention for Champions League qualification, as they sit just two places and three points away from third, Guidolin thinks Week 31 will be a bruising affair in hosting former club Parma.
“We are in a period when the results have not come,” reflected Guidolin on Friday.
“We are experiencing a difficult run of form and will try to overcome it together.
“But, I believe that this game is better for Parma, who have beaten us three times from the last three played, when we meet this weekend.
“We’re thinking one opponent at this time, as we always have. I believe it is necessary to fix our attention and concentration on the game tomorrow that will be very difficult for us.
“In Parma I left a group of extraordinary players, there is mutual respect. It is normal that against a former Coach players will always try to make a good impression.
“With me we had a major championship at Parma - we were fighting for European football before Christmas.
“Parma’s ranking is still not settled, so it will be tough for us. At this time, motivation for us is most influential.”
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