Saturday December 7 2013
Guidolin: 'Udinese earned result'

Francesco Guidolin was pleased with Udinese’s “mentality” in fighting back for 3-3 at Napoli and explained his red card.

“I am satisfied for my players, as in my view in terms of mentality and approach we have been doing very well over the last month,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“It was a shame we conceded the 3-2 when we had just equalised, but it’s also true the team kept its cool to get the 3-3 and a point we fully deserved.

“Our performance against Inter was the worst in my time here, but before and after that we took the right approach, intensity and realised each point is precious this season.

“We are back where we belong, which is to fight for safety and not look ahead to Europe. We accepted that and the results are starting to come.

“I believe Napoli’s attack when working at speed can cause problems for anyone and I hope they can qualify for the next round of the Champions League by beating Arsenal.”

Guidolin was sent off in the final stages, as he spotted a Christian Maggio shirt-tug on Maicosuel just before the clean sliding tackle.

“I was on the touchline, so I saw the jersey stretched out. Maggio was smart and slowed Maicosuel down just enough to change his movement on a clear scoring opportunity. I was sent off for asking how the officials could not have seen it. I didn’t offend anyone, I just questioned their decision.”

Bizarrely, Udinese scored 12 goals in opening 14 rounds, but got three in a single game tonight.

“I think it was a bit of a fluke, because against Fiorentina and Juventus we could’ve scored several more goals. We should have better looking statistics in that respect.

“Undoubtedly Bruno Fernandes is an intelligent lad with character who made the team more vivacious, but I still believe the real turning point was the overall mentality of the side. We realised that we have to fight for every single point in Serie A.”

The Friulani achieved this result without star striker Antonio Di Natale, who for the third time in four years missed the trip to his hometown club.

“Toto had a thigh injury a month ago, midweek he felt it twinge again and we decided along with the medical staff not to risk making it worse.”