Wednesday August 24 2011
Guidolin bows to Gunners

Udinese went out of the Champions League because “Arsenal are a stronger side,” confessed Francesco Guidolin.

The Friulani impressed in the play-off, but lost 1-0 in London and 2-1 on home turf.

“We go out of this competition because Arsenal are a stronger side and they eliminated us,” said the Coach.

“Between the first and second leg we can say that we controlled the field for about three-quarters of each match. We were also a little unlucky.”

Antonio Di Natale had opened the scoring tonight to level the tie, but hit the woodwork twice over two legs and saw a penalty saved.

“Our Champions League dream ends here,” continued Guidolin. “I thank the fans who applauded us at the final whistle despite this defeat.

“I am happy with the performance of my lads and won't look at what could've been. I wish Arsenal a good run in the Champions League.

“Our dream may end here, but our season truly begins.”