Udinese coach Guidolin to hand Di Natale rare Euro start

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin will play Antonio Di Natale tonight against Europa League opponents AZ Alkmaar. Udinese need to overturn a 2-0 deficit to progress.

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin will play Antonio Di Natale tonight against Europa League opponents AZ Alkmaar.

Udinese need to overturn a 2-0 deficit to progress.

“Yes, Di Natale will play. I am 99 per cent sure Dusan Basta won’t recover in time, so I am pessimistic over his inclusion," said Guidolin.

“The fans are important, but it is also up to the team to fire up the crowd. I have never appealed to the supporters for that kind of help, as we must earn and deserve their love. I hope there will be many people there to cheer us on, though.

“I think they have realised we are in a difficult moment where things are not going as well as they did a month ago, so being close to the lads is already a fine message.”

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