Guidolin ecstatic with victory over Napoli
Francesco Guidolin hailed his team’s performance against Napoli, which has re-ignited Udinese’s push for a Champions League place.
The Zebrette put a severe dent in Partenopei’s Scudetto dream with a 2-1 victory at the Stadio San Paolo. The win was made even sweeter as Serie A capocannoniere Antonio Di Natale and Chilean Alexis Sanchez were both missing.
After two straight losses, there were question marks over Udinese’s momentum heading into the final few rounds of the season, but all questions were answered emphatically.
“We've won a complicated match under precarious circumstances. The team could feel the coach’s trust and believed in the win. I really believed my boys could take this kind of match and they followed me,” Guidolin told udinese.it.
Udinese moved to a four-man defence and hit on the counter to devastating effect: “I asked the team to play by trying to win the numbers game in the midfield, and to hit our opponents with the midfielders’ movement. I lined up Asamoah first, then Armero, in a slightly advanced position, behind the first striker. During the week we've been trying the 4-men defence."
Lazio remain in fourth on 60 points after their crushing win at Catania, with Udinese just a point back. Guidolin still believes in a fourth placed finish: “We knew we weren’t cut off, and now we are still there, more than before. Reja’s boys have been on an extraordinary run since the beginning of the year.
“Many had forgotten about us after two defeats. If in the end we are going to Champions League, it will be a dream, if it is Europa League, it will be a success."
Mauricio Isla was forced to go off with a foot injury, with Guidolin hoping both he and Di Natale will not be out for too long, however the tactician is confident Sanchez will be available next weekend: “I hope his [Isla’s] foot problem, which has been affecting him for some time now, has not worsened. I hope I will find Di Natale in better conditions then when I left. In view of the next match I think Sanchez will be in full shape."