Udinese wary of little-known rivals

Franco Collavino insists Udinese will fully respect their Europa League third-round qualifying opponents on a trip into the unknown.

Last Updated: 19/07/13 at 16:49 Post Comment

Francesco Guidolin: His Udinese side will play either Irtysh or Siroki Brijeg in

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Udinese chief executive Franco Collavino insists the Serie A club will fully respect their Europa League third-round qualifying opponents on a trip into the unknown.

Today's draw in Nyon saw Francesco Guidolin's Bianconeri drawn against either Kazakh club Irtysh or Siroki Brijeg of Bosnia-Herzegovina, who must complete their second-round tie next week after Irtysh built a 3-2 lead last night.

Udinese, who finished fifth in Serie A last season, have tackled the likes of Arsenal and Braga in recent summer qualifiers but Collavino knows the eastern European clubs are both accomplished in their own homelands.

He told udinese.it: "I'm glad we avoided tough opponents like IFK Goteborg and Red Star Belgrade but we cannot let our guard down because Irtysh and Siroki are important clubs where they come from.

"We have to go into the games with great concentration and respect for the teams we come up against."

Irtysh are the most successful club in Kazakhstan with five league titles, while two-time Bosnia-Herzegovinan champions Siroki have been a regular feature in preliminary qualifying rounds for the last decade.


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