Friday March 25 2011
Guidolin follows Arsenal model

Francesco Guidolin has spoken of his plans to follow the Arsenal model at Udinese and create a talented young side that plays good football.

Udinese have dazzled Serie A this season with great style and currently lie fourth in the standings with a chance to qualify for next year's Champions League.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Guidolin said: "The Scudetto is a three-horse race. It would be a triumph for us to get into the Champions League and a success to get into the Europa League.

"With Bologna I missed out on the Champions League on the last day of the season so it shouldn't surprise you that eight games from the end of the season I think about keeping a low profile.

"Coaching Udinese [is my dream]. Soon I want to retire from football and relieve the tension."

Asked if he subscribes to the view that football is made up of tacticians and motivators, Guidolin said: "I think that you can be one and the other, teaching and winning together even if the Arsenal model seem to me to be the right one for Udinese.

"Here there is tranquility. You can have a project. And it's not true that Italian football is bad. The League is varied and competitive. It's not like this in Spain and in England where outside of the big clubs you don't see beautiful football.

"But here we lack atmosphere and the infrastructure. In this sense Juve are a step ahead seeing that they will soon have their own stadium."

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