Francesco Guidolin is proud to set a new Udinese record, but urged them to “keep your minds on Genoa.”
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It will be Guidolin’s 172nd Serie A game, matching the record set by Giuseppe Bigogno.
“I am very happy, as it’s the type of record I like to beat – one of longevity,” said the Coach.
Bigogno had three different spells on the Udinese bench, from 1953 to 1958, then again in 1959-60 and returned for 1967-68 as a technical director.
This achievement comes after Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina, which saw the Friulani go out of the Coppa Italia semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.
“We have to dive back into the reality of Serie A. We can be proud that we were protagonists for a month in the Coppa Italia and deserved better luck in the decisive tie. We eliminated Inter and Milan, then played on a par with Fiorentina.
“We played with quality, courage and got good results. I see no reason why we should feel psychological blowback from that exit, as we gave our all.
“Now we need to focus on Serie A, because we are not out of danger yet. Genoa have changed gear under Gian Piero Gasperini, as he returned to a club where he is loved and achieved great results.
“They have many experienced players like Daniele Portanova, Nicolas Burdisso, Alberto Gilardino and Francelino Matuzalem.
“We also know Marassi is a passionate atmosphere, but we’ve already shown we can play in a fervent atmosphere like Florence.”
Andrea Lazzari is out with a bruised foot, but Zeljko Brkic is available again. Guidolin would not say whether Brkic or 17-year-old Simone Scuffet will start in goal.
Udinese squad for Genoa: Brkic, Kelava, Scuffet; Basta, Bubnjic, Danilo, Domizzi, Gabriel Silva, Heurtaux, Naldo, Widmer; Allan, Badu, Fernandes, Jadson, Yebda, Pereyra, Pinzi; Di Natale, Maicosuel, Muriel, Nico Lopez, Zielinski
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