Marino Will Not Rotate Udinese Squad Against Zenit St. Petersburg
The Zebrette will play a full strength line-up against Zenit at the Stadio Friuli...
Udinese host Zenit St. Petersburg in the first-leg of their UEFA Cup tie on Thursday and having now highlighted the tournament as a priority, coach Pasquale Marino has announced that he will play his best eleven and will not rotate the squad for the match against the Russians, according to Eurosport.
This means captain Antonio Di Natale will start in attack, alongside fellow Italian internationals Fabio Quagliarella and Simone Pepe.
Marino is spoilt for choice in midfield, and will line-up Gaetano D'Agostino and Gokhan Inler with one of Mauricio Isla, Kwadwo Asamoah, or Christian Obodo.
Meanwhile, in defense, Christian Zapata, Andrea Coda, Maurizio Domizzi, and Aleksander Lukovic are in pole position to start the match against the current UEFA Cup and European Super Cup champions.
A fairly even game throughout and then 2 goals in the last 5 minutes.
I think we deserved to win and definitely deserved a goal, but 2-0 was a bit lucky because Zenit made some very good chances to score and the penalty was very soft. We created some decent chances throughout the match too though and probably played better than Zenit overall.
The 2nd leg will be tough, but a 2 goal advantage and not conceding an away goal is obviously a big advantage.
Udinese are now the only Italian team still in Europe...
Good result. But playing away to Zenit is extremely tough. The weather conditions are tough and the fans of Zenit are rabid. You have to play at full strengh. This is far from over, but if you can hit them on the break you will come through.