Thursday December 15 2011
Guidolin 'felt sorry for Celtic'

Francesco Guidolin “genuinely felt sorry for Celtic” after Udinese’s result and fully expects to face Manchester City or United in the next round.

The Friulani’s 1-1 draw proved enough to reach the last 32 of the Europa League, eliminating the Hoops.

“We played in a very, very tough group and tonight was like a Final in which a single incident could’ve seen us either go out or win,” said the Coach.

“In the first half we struggled, but we were sumptuous after the break. It was a hard group phase that took a lot out of us.

“I genuinely felt sorry for Celtic, as they are a tough and fair team. They deserved to go through as well.”

Both teams rattled the woodwork and had great chances, but Antonio Di Natale cancelled out the Gary Hooper opener to secure the point.

Udinese go through to the knockouts and will find out their fate on Friday.

“Knowing our luck, you’ll see we will definitely be paired with one of the Manchester clubs, whether it be United or City,” sighed Guidolin.

“After picking Arsenal in the Champions League play-offs and this group, it seems inevitable.”