Francesco Guidolin is confident Udinese can get the result they need in Greece against PAOK if they play “with courage.”
The first leg of this Europa League clash ended goalless at the Stadio Friuli and once again they are without the injured Antonio Di Natale and Mauricio Isla.
“It is going to be a difficult game,” said the Coach. “Perhaps we deserved more from the first leg, but now we can only focus on tomorrow. We need a goal to progress, but they have the same pressure too.”
As Lazio lost the first leg to Atletico Madrid 3-1 on home turf, Udinese represent the only real chance of having an Italian representative in the last 16 of the Europa League.
“We feel the responsibility and remember we are Udinese, but do not feel responsibility for Italian football in general.
“In the last few weeks we have been unable to score, but still played well. We can score in this arena, we just need to play with the courage and desire to be protagonists.
“I expect our opponents to give us a tough game and hope my team has the qualities to make it equally as tough for them. I am confident my side can do well.
“Naturally, I hope to go through and also to not suffer any more injuries. We’ve got to start aggressively and fight back from PAOK’s initial onslaught. The same performance we had in the first leg would be fine and I’m certain the goal will come.”
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