Thursday February 23 2012
Europa League progress delights Guidolin

Francesco Guidolin described Udinese’s 3-0 victory over PAOK as one of the best performances he has seen as Coach at the club.

The Zebrette booked a place in the Last 16 of the Europa League with a convincing display in front of a packed PAOK home support in Greece.

Goals from Danilo, Antonio Floro Flores and Maurizio Domizzi secured what was the team’s joint-best ever away win in the UEFA Cup and Europa League, in a performance that was in sharp contrast to the first leg, in which Udinese failed to convert their chances.

“The difference this time was that we were very decisive," Guidolin beamed post-match. “We entered the field looking to initiate play in a difficult ground, so I must congratulate the players because they were really good.

“In the first 20 minutes, we were able to lower the decibels in the ground - to play here was not easy, this game will remain in the album of beautiful memories of my experience in Udine.

“Now, the primary focus is on our next opponents, for Bologna we must prepare. The thing that reassures me is the spirit of this team, we have players who have the desire - we want to move forward in both competitions and the only thing I hope for is the players’ health.”