Tuesday February 11 2014
Guidolin: 'Heads held high'

Francesco Guidolin insists Udinese leave the Coppa Italia “with heads held high and shake the hands” of Fiorentina.

The Friulani had won the first leg of the semi-final 2-1, but lost the decider 2-0 this evening thanks to scorching Manuel Pasqual and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado strikes.

“Tension is understandable, as our dream was vanishing in front of our eyes. We must learn to accept these things,” the Coach told Rai Sport after Maurizio Domizzi’s red card.

“Overall we played well and deserved to score at least a goal, but if you don’t then it becomes difficult. We leave with our heads held high and shake the hands of our opponents, wishing them well for the Final.

“I am proud of my lads, who caused a lot of problems for what in my view is one of the best teams in Italy.

“The stadium was undoubtedly a factor too, as the atmosphere was remarkable pushing Fiorentina on.

“You can risk being humiliated against Fiorentina, but over two legs we played basically on a par with them.”

Guidolin was asked why he substituted Antonio Di Natale for Nico Lopez when the tie needed just one goal to go to extra time.

“Nico Lopez had the chance to score at the end. If that had gone in, you’d be saying it was a genius substitution!”

Udinese are now out of the Europa League and Coppa Italia, while they are stuttering in Serie A.

“We cannot perform miracles every year. There are teams now doing what we used to, like Verona. It’s a difficult season with many dangers, we have a very young squad and must focus on Serie A.

“We’ve played the last three or four games with huge pressure and intensity, as we couldn’t afford to lose.”

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