cannot compete with the purchasing power of the big Serie A
clubs and their aim this season is still to avoid relegation,
coach Francesco Guidolin said on Thursday.
"Frankly, I don't believe I can keep the team in these
positions," he told reporters, adding that he did not want the
supporters to have unrealistic expectations.
"We have always said that we are fighting mainly to get 40
points, we hope that we get them sooner rather than later so we
can see if we can go a bit further."
Udinese finished fourth in Serie A last season and are only
one point behind leading pair Juventus and Lazio, with 21 points
from 11 games.
But last Sunday's 2-0 defeat by Parma had shown that Udinese
could never afford to ease up, Guidolin said.
"I think it's the moment in which the coach should call
attention to the real dimensions of our project," he said
"If our team does not enter the pitch with the knife between
their teeth, it's a vulnerable team."
"To give you an idea, we also tried to sign Bojan Krkric,
but he didn't come to Udinese, he went to Roma. We also thought
about Miralem Pjanic [Roma] but there was an expense which was
impossible for Udinese."
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