Friday January 27 2012
Guidolin: Juve ahead of us

Francesco Guidolin has conceded that his Udinese side’s opponents this weekend, Juventus, are still very much ahead of the Zebrette.

The two Bianconero teams meet on Saturday night first and third in the table, with Udinese sitting just three points behind the unbeaten Old Lady.

However, whilst relatively close in the standings heading into the second round of fixtures, Guidolin reflected on Friday that he sees Juve as ahead by some distance.

“Juventus are absolutely ahead, because they are the first club in Italy who have their own stadium.

“This will be my first time in their new facility, I’ve heard that it’s wonderful and can transmit a special drive to the team.

“I think it’s fundamental that the whole Italian football world aligns with this concept, because the comfort of those fans who attend the match is very important.

“Moreover, the stadium also produces financial resources to reinvest.”

Guidolin then widened his focus, suggesting that the Turin side also carry an advantage on the pitch.

“Quality and drive are their main features. They are similar to [Marcello] Lippi’s Juventus. [Antonio] Conte’s managed to transmit the right attitude to his players, especially desire, commitment and complete cooperation.

“Their positive results aren’t a surprise, on the contrary I admire them, because their results are thanks to both the club and the team.”

The 56-year-old tactician then told the assembled media about the approach he and his players will take into the Week 20 fixture.

“We must try to play according to our way of playing, with our weapons and taking advantage of our peculiarities.

“From the tactical point of view, I’ve tested different solutions and we’ll try to cause them some difficulties with quick play and counter-attacks.

“We need to show our desire to overcome every problem. Our spirit will affect the display of our qualities - speed and the initiative to trigger [Antonio] Di Natale.

“My idea is to wait for them in our half, but when facing this kind of team, there’s often the risk of being required to deal with the opponent’s ball possession and quality.

“We’ll face a solid, compact group, we’ll need the right strength not to give in, to instead go back to action every time we can.”