Wednesday January 22 2014
Guidolin hails Udinese comeback

Francesco Guidolin praised Udinese for fighting back to beat Milan in the Coppa Italia. “It wasn’t easy to gain confidence.”

Mario Balotelli had put the hosts in front after six minutes, but a Luis Muriel penalty and Nico Lopez solo effort turned it around for a 2-1 quarter-final victory.

“The game started badly and at the moment it seems we always concede at the first opportunity,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

“It wasn’t easy to gain confidence, but slowly we were able to cover the gaping hole of disappointment. Then we played the way Udinese know how, the kind of performance we had in the past.

“This is a very young side, but when they shake off fear, anxiety and insecurity they can really play. They created many scoring opportunities.”

Udinese will face Fiorentina or Siena in the semi-final next month and have now eliminated both Inter and Milan.

“I am very happy, as this is an important achievement that will remain in Udinese’s history. I dedicate the victory to the lads, as they deserved it.

“This team needs to feel psychologically free from pressure to give its best. When there is tension, they struggle more.”