Thursday August 16 2012
Guidolin talks up Braga and Di Natale

Udinese Coach Francesco Guidolin is wary of the threat Braga pose in next week's Champions League qualifier.

The Zebrette will meet their Portuguese opponents at the Estadio Municipal de Braga next Wednesday, in the play-off round of Europe's premier club competition.

Guidolin has been left impressed after doing his research on the side that finished third in the Primeira Liga last season.

“We knew - and now we know it from the videos – that they are tough, so we need to do our best and carry out an outstanding performance,” the tactician told Udinese's official website. “They play a South American style of football based on possession and fast players. They are well blended and dangerous.”

The Friulani have lost several key players this summer and have had to incorporate youngsters, new buys and fringe players into the first team to compensate, but as long as captain Antonio Di Natale is on the scene, Guidolin remains confident. “We must believe we've built a proper team in these 40 days. On Wednesday we act as a proper team, or lose.

“Di Natale's professionalism has always been one of his most important features, he is doing so well because he carries out an outstanding professional life. When he's around the squad feels safer.”

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