Wednesday September 28 2011
Fabbrini ready to face Celtic

Under-21 international Diego Fabbrini is set to lead the way for Udinese against Celtic and assures “we'll aim to win.”

The Friulani could be accused of snubbing the Europa League after leaving many of their top stars behind for Thursday's trip to Scotland, including Antonio Di Natale, Maurizio Domizzi and the ineligible Gabriel Torje.

“Without doubt this is an important game and the Europa League is the second biggest European competition,” said Fabbrini.

“We will try to do our best and put in a good game, so we'll aim to win.”

The 21-year-old is the only recognisable striker in the squad, along with 17-year-old youth team addition Davide Marsura, and it's his job to replace all-time club top scorer Di Natale.

“It will certainly be difficult, as Totò is very strong. All together we'll try to put in a good performance and hope to get a result. Totò gave me some useful advice to improve, because we'll have to do without him and focus on this game.

“The veterans in the squad told us to play with a calm state of mind and put Celtic under pressure.”

Udinese squad: Handanovic, Padelli, Romo; Armero, Basta, Benatia, Ekstrand, Danilo, Neuton, Pereyra; Abdi, Asamoah, Badu, Battocchio, Doubai, Isla, Pinzi; Fabbrini, Marsura