Sunday January 19 2014
Guidolin: 'Don't fear Lazio'

Francesco Guidolin urged Udinese to embrace “enthusiasm and determination rather than fear” against Lazio.

The early kick-off is at the Stadio Friuli at 11.30 GMT, click here for a match preview.

“President Giampaolo Pozzo was close to us during such a difficult time,” said the Coach after their 3-0 hammering at the hands of Sampdoria.

“He spoke to us and pressed the right buttons, letting us understand this training retreat is not a punishment, but the chance for us all to work intensively together for a few days.

“Our position in the table is not pretty, we know that, but there’s no point crying about it. Now we must settle into the reality of the situation and react to it.”

Lazio aren’t brimming with confidence either and recently sacked Vladimir Petkovic to bring back Edy Reja.

Allan and Gabriel Silva are suspended after their red cards against Samp, but Luis Muriel returns from two months out injured.

“We need to improve in many different ways, such as concentration. Fear is not helpful, so I want to see enthusiasm and determination,” continued Guidolin.

“I’d like to hear great support from our fans, but I will not make an appeal to them because I understand the situation. They are suffering with us.”