Thursday December 6 2012
Guidolin: 'Udinese heads held high'

Francesco Guidolin feels Udinese left the Europa League “with our heads held high” against Liverpool, but the injury crisis deteriorated further.

The Friulani had already been eliminated before tonight’s 1-0 home defeat, which left them bottom of Group A, although Antonio Di Natale was inches away from an equaliser with the last kick of the game.

“We played our game against a great team, losing only from a set play situation,” said Coach Guidolin.

“It is a shame that we couldn’t finish this Europa League experience with a positive result, but we emerge with our heads held high.

“We had the toughest group of the whole competition, one that looked more like a Champions League group, and gave opportunities to a lot of young players.

“We can only give credit to those who did better than we did. At least we have the memories of our victory at Anfield, as well as the bitterness and regret of getting those two games wrong against Young Boys.”

Udinese have been struggling with injuries all season and Mehdi Benatia limped off during this game, as he is still recovering from another problem.

“I hope Benatia stopped in time when he felt the pain, but we will know more after tests. Giampiero Pinzi’s muscle has healed, he just went off today because he had a headache. We have dealt with an unimaginable series of injuries and we hope it’s over now.”