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Guidolin critical of early fixture congestion

14 August 2012 17:49

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has bemoaned nine of his players leaving for international duty ahead of the new domestic season.

Guidolin is gearing up for his third Serie A campaign in charge at Stadio Friuli, after finishing fourth and third in the league in his first two years with the club.

However, he must first try and ensure Udinese beat Braga over two legs to qualify for the Champions League group stage, the first match of which is on August 22.

"I think we are working well," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We have enhanced the technical staff and are beginning to see the results.

"Unfortunately we will be back to play three games in six days, because August 25 is the championship (kick-off). It is absurd and hurts the sport.

"They want to promote the TV? Okay, but it is not good for the sport.

"And what about the friendlies in mid-August? One week from the (Braga) game ... (they) take away nine players and I need to train my team.

"Though, for heaven's sake, I am delighted that (Diego) Fabbrini has been called (up) by (Cesare) Prandelli."

Guidolin said the betting scandal which has seen Juventus coach Antonio Conte banned from the touchline for 10 months has left a bitter taste in his mouth, but he is glad Italian football is apparently trying to clean up its act.

"As for Conte, I am sorry, because he is a colleague," he said.

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