Saturday September 1 2012
Guidolin's Udinese heartache

Francesco Guidolin has to prepare for Juventus, but reveals why he felt so distraught that he wanted to quit Udinese this week. “I wanted to be the only one.”

The Coach fought back tears in post-match conferences and hinted he would resign after the Friulani lost the Champions League play-off for the second year running.

“We must look forward, because this is life and this is sport,” said Guidolin today. “Who helped pick me up again? My family, friends, the people I met and those who wrote to me. Above all my desire to get back on track.

“It was the most important match for me, but life is different. As I am a man of sport, I have to turn the page and begin again.

“For someone like me who didn’t come here for money or to advance his career, as I just adore being in Udine, my dream was to be the only Coach who could bring Udinese into the Champions League. Luciano Spalletti got them to the play-off stage and then left the side to Serse Cosmi, so I wanted to be the only one to do the whole journey.

“History counts more than career for me, and glory more than money. As I married this Udinese family, I want to stay here. As I am ambitious, I wanted to be the only one to take Udinese all the way into the history books. But life goes on, nobody will wait or commiserate with us. There are the opponents to spice up our season again.”

The first test just days after that exit on penalties to Sporting Braga is welcoming champions of Italy Juventus to the Stadio Friuli, kick-off at 17.00 UK time on Sunday. Click here for a match preview.

“We have to focus on tomorrow’s game and bring out great determination when facing the Scudetto favourites. Our season will be difficult, so our objective is safety and we must hunt down those precious points.”

Udinese lost their opening Serie A game 2-1 at Fiorentina after resting almost the entire first choice XI.

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