Guidolin wants to take it to the wire

Francesco Guidolin takes Udinese to Anzhi Makhachkala knowing it's crunch time for them in the Europa League.

Last Updated: 21/11/12 at 18:36

Francesco Guidolin: Targets victory

Francesco Guidolin: Targets victory

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Francesco Guidolin takes his Udinese side to Russia on Thursday for a game with Anzhi Makhachkala that could end with the Italians being dumped out of the Europa League.

The Bianconeri have gone from the top to the bottom of Group A over the course of four matchdays - back-to-back defeats to Young Boys being the root of their problems - and head to the Dynamo Stadium trailing their hosts by three points and three places.

If they lose on Thursday then their campaign is all but over and Guidolin is keen to ensure they are up to scratch in order to ensure their final game with Liverpool is not a dead rubber.

"I would like us to do well against Anzhi," he told his club's official website. "We need to get a result so that we play in the next round against Liverpool. That is what we need."

Udinese's squad is already thin and they are not helped by the absence of Maicosuel, their Brazilian striker.

Anzhi head into the fixture on the back of some unconvincing domestic form which has yielded draws against Lokomotiv Moscow and Rostov.

Critics have accused Guus Hiddink's side of lethargic displays, but the experienced manager is hoping they can show that is not the case tomorrow night when qualification to the next stage is a possibility.

"We have played well against disciplined opponents but we have lacked power and creative ideas," he said.

"I don't know why people say that we are lethargic yet we are playing energentically in the last minute.

"This is a big game for us."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Europa League Fixtures

Thursday, 16 April 2015
20:05
Club Brugge v Dnipro  
Dynamo Kiev v Fiorentina  
Sevilla v Zenit  
Wolfsburg v Napoli  
Thursday, 23 April 2015
Dnipro v Club Brugge  
Fiorentina v Dynamo Kiev  
Napoli v Wolfsburg  
Zenit v Sevilla  

Footer 365

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge suffers hip 'muscle tear'

Daniel Sturridge could be out of action for a month after Roy Hodgson revealed the Liverpool striker had suffered a ‘slight muscle tear’.

Chelsea defender John Terry signs new one-year contract

Chelsea defender John Terry has signed a new one-year contract to stay at the club until summer 2016.

Roy Hodgson confirms Harry Kane will make England debut

Harry Kane's "incredible season" will reach a new high with an England debut in the next week, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Mail Box

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

Cry Me A River, Diego Costa...

There's little sympathy for Diego Costa, while one mailboxer has had enough of football by numbers. There's also an invitation to visit Colombia and an ode to Woan...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company