Monday April 14 2014
Guidolin: 'Credit to Juventus'

Francesco Guidolin felt Udinese did all they could against Juventus, but “you have to give credit to the stronger side.”

Ahead of this 2-0 home defeat, Udinese had notched up four wins and a draw in their last five Stadio Friuli outings.

“I liked my team. They played well, faced Juventus with courage, made a few mistakes, but you have to give credit to the stronger side,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“Perhaps we could’ve done a little more in terms of aggression, but I saw my team run for 90 minutes and try to the end, hitting the woodwork at the death.

“Unfortunately, when you concede the first goal against Juventus it becomes extremely difficult, as they keep possession and can also hit you on the counter.

“I am moderately satisfied with our performance this evening. I thought we started fairly well and didn’t want to go behind, but that goal put the game in Juve’s hands. Let’s not forget we were facing the best team in Serie A.

“We tried to attack Martin Caceres or Giorgio Chiellini when they pushed forward, but Juve have this perfect mechanism by now that sees other figures slot in to cover the gaps.”

Juventus have an eight-point lead over Roma in the Serie A standings, but Guidolin admires both teams.

“In my view Roma are still a great side with a very impressive campaign. They have a different style of football, different systems, but both very strong in their own ways. There isn’t a big gap between them.”

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