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    Manager: Zikry​
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    Twitter: @TFSerie_Udinese​
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    Nicknames: "Zebrette" (Little zebras)​
    Ground: Stadio Friuli ​
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    Season 8 Preview
    "No Place Like Home"​
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    After stints in England with Aston Villa, Holland with Ajax, and Brazil with Sao Paulo, coach Zikry has finally decided to return home; more specifically Italy, the country where he spent his first two coaching seasons. When the Udinese coaching position was opened up, the coach jumped at the opportunity, and being able to implement his more defensive approach to the game seemed to be a perfect fit with the players available on the Zebrette squad. Going into this season the coach is coming off a so-so season with Sao Paulo that saw him collect two trophies, but this season all of Udine hope that the coach can finally land his first Serie A title on the 8th time of trying.​
    "Obviously it has been tough for me as a coach all these years. Being so close to the title on numerous occasions makes you yearn for it even more. We enter this season with the same goals as always; aim for the league title and look to collect trophies in the cup competitions as well. This team has been well coached when Friz was around, and I believe the switch in gameplay will help this team greatly as they seemed to struggle defensively against the overall speed of the league. We start off our season with two home games against the recently promoted sides, and while some have labeled this as a "soft" open to the season, I believe both Marseille and QPR will be looking to this as an early statement game to prove they belong."​
    All the games this season will be tough and with the switch to "true" semi-assisted controls it is unclear who should be labeled as favorites for the title. Whoever is able to get accustomed to the switch sooner will probably separate himself from the pack, and we hope to be that team.​
     
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    Udinese 2 - 1 Marseille
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    Toto buries controversial PK in 90' to steal all 3 points for Udinese​
    11 Shots 9
    3 SOT 3
    49% Possession 51%
    11 Tackles 24
    84% Pass Accuracy 75%
    :goal:Marseille: L. Remy (32') :assist: M. Valbuena
    :goal:Udinese: M. Ranegie (69') :assist: G. Pinzi​
    :goal:Udinese: A. Di Natale (90') PK​
    :trophy:Udinese: G. Pinzi​


    Udinese capitalize on "soft" PK call to bury brave Marseille
    Matchday 2
    Udine, Italy


    RECAP:
    Season 8 was finally upon us as Udinese welcomed Marseille, one of the two promoted squads, to Stadio Fruili. The match started off cagey as both teams were testing each other out, and with the new controls coming into play it seemed like every attack would end with a misplaced pass or wayward shot. In the 12th minute Di Natale was able to create some space down the right hand side and deliver a cross in, only for Muriel to head it woefully wide after he had beat his man and looked certain to score. The 23rd minute saw the first save by either keeper as Mandanda was able to easily catch a header off a corner.

    32 minutes into the game and Marseille were able to capitalize on a corner of their own, as an exquisite cross by Valbuena was met by Remy, giving Brkic no chance as the visitors shockingly took the lead. Coach hokie79 could be seen jumping up and down at halftime as his team took the one goal lead into the break. It could have been much worse for the home side as a 44' corner was again met by a Marseille player, but this time Diawara's attempt was smartly parried away by Brkic.

    Looking to add some spark to the team, Udinese decided to come out in the 3-5-2 to start the 2nd half, subbing off an ineffective Maicousel and brining on Ranegie to partner Muriel up front with Toto Di Natale sitting in the trequartista position right behind the forwards. Marseille started the half off brightly as a chipped ball over the defense found Ayew in stride, with his volley saved by Brkic. Udinese would then get the next big chance as Muriel would deliver in a cross towards Ranegie but his header went agonizingly wide. 61 minutes in and Basta found himself with some space outside the box, but his shot was parried by Mandanda off the post as Udinese edged closer to the equalizer.

    69 minutes in and Udinese were finally back into the game, as Pinzi delivered in a corner kick which was met by Ranegie, and as the ball hit the back of the net the fans jumped up in jubilation as the home side were finally back in the game. The rest of the game was rather lull as both sides would have their chances, but the 90th minute brought with it much controversy as a Marseille was penalized for bringing down Ranegie in the box. Replays were inconclusive but Di Natale was able to stay calm and score the penalty, as Udinese escaped with all 3 points.


    POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE:
    "We all know that much will be made about the penalty decision, but I would like to congratulate the boys on a great win. Coach hokie79 has his Marseille team playing a real compact game, and their counter attacks were always something that caused us some problems in the game. We will need to work on our set piece defending as that was most certainly our weak point this game, and in the league where games will always be tight we cannot afford to be so lax while defending cornerkicks. I would also like to single out the performance of Mathias (Ranegie) who I believe changed the game when he came on in the 2nd half. Not only was he able to score the equalizer but he won us the penalty as well; he has certainly given me a great option off the bench and is someone who we can use as a focal point on offense when we need a player to get on the end of crosses. We will now shift our focus towards QPR as we are slated to play them next and hopefully we can come out of that game with a positive result."
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    Udinese 0 - 1 QPR
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    Sad day all around for Udinese as Di Natale bites his lip in frustration after loss​
    Udinese - QPR
    0 Goals 1
    13 Shots 6
    4 SOT 6
    48% Poss 53%
    10 Tackles 19
    4 Fouls 0
    1 :yellowcard: 0
    0 :redcard: 0
    0 Offsides 2
    8 Corners 2
    Match Events
    :goal:SWP (72') :assist:Cisse
    M. Benatia(33'):yellowcard:
    :trophy:MOTM​
    R. Nelson
    Udinese shoot blanks in 1-0 loss to QPR
    Matchday 1​
    Udine, Italy​
    "What can I say after a game like this. When looking at the stats I must commend QPR for the way they played, getting all of their 6 shots on target is never an easy task, but I can't help but think we deserved more from this game. There was a point in the game, right before the goal, where I was thinking of moving back to the 5-3-2 and to settle for a 0-0 draw, but the goal took us all by surprise. When your team gets 13 shots in a game and is only able to get 4 on target you deserve to lose. Credit to the QPR backline who seemed to always be in the right place, blocking shots when they seemed certain to hit the target. Credit to their coach BESHIKTAS who had a gameplan and stuck to it, as he was able to reap the rewards. Other than that we cannot dwell on this game for too long as the season is still young and this loss will hopefully show us that we must improve. Coming into the game our goal was to keep Cisse quiet and, for the most part, I believe we were successful in doing so. Limiting him to 3 shots all game, with 2 of them coming after the goal, shows this but we must be more clinical in front of goal. It's a crazy league this Serie A; we could be sitting here with 2 points, 6 points, or no points after two games and we could make an argument for any of those cases, but we must refocus now and look forward. I take full responsibility for this loss, as I decided to tinker with the lineup and start with a 3-5-2 after it's success last game. From now on we will stick with our 5-3-2 to start every game and; if needed; will make changes."
    *Fun fact: QPR and manager BESHIKTAS were able to replicate their real life counterparts in this game. Only a few hours ago QPR went to Stamford Bridge and left with all 3 points after a Shaun Wright Phillips goal in the 78th minute. In this game, it was SWP who again was the difference as QPR took all 3 points in Italy. If BESHIKTAS had waited just 6 more minutes to score the goal then THAT would have been something :)
     
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    Udinese 3 - 0 Lille
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    11 Shots 9​
    6 SOT 2​
    45% Possession 55%​
    17 Tackles 15​
    :goal:A. Di Natale (38') :assist: M. Benatia​
    :goal:D. Basta (58') :assist: Danilo​
    :goal:A. Di Natale (63') :assist: Armero​
    CS: Z. Brkic​
    :trophy:D. Basta​
    No Controversy Necessary; Great all around game leads to dominant 3-0 win
    Matchday 6​
    Udine, Italy​
    RECAP
    With their coach leaving for a two week hiatus in the near future, Udinese have been given special permission to front-load their schedule to allow them to play 6 games the first week. It might just be a one game revelation, but Udinese looked like a title contender in this one as they executed to perfection against Lille. The game started off slow, with the Udinese back 5 stopping Lille in their attacking third while looking to break on the counter through Di Natale and Muriel. 25 minutes in and it looked like Toto would give Udinese a lead as a quick counterattack left him one-on-one with the Lille keeper, but somehow Di Natale inexplicably shot the ball wide when the whole stadium was ready to erupt. "I'm not sure what happened there" said a clearly relieved Antonio after the game; "I think I might have had too much time on that chance. I kept thinking of whether I should drill it, place it, or chip it over; and at the end of the day I'm just thankful that the miss didn't prove costly".​
    Antonio was able to make amends for that miss in the 38th minute, as he took the ball down the left flank and, rather than look to hook up with Muriel, decided to cut inside and beat his defender before placing a shot past the Lille keeper. 1-0 Udinese at this point as they would take that lead into the break.​
    The 2nd half was all about the two quick fire goals in the space of 5 minutes for the home side. First, off a corner, Danilo was able to chase down a loose ball before sending in a cross which Basta was able to head in from 3 yards out; with his powerful header banging off the underside of the crossbar. Clearly stunned at this point, Lille were caught on the break again, this time from the left as Armero sped past his defender and took the ball all the way to the byline before putting in an exquisite cross that was met by Di Natale's grateful head. 3-0 and that would be how the game would end.​
    POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE
    "What can I say about this game. First I would like to say that it is known that RedAL925 and I share a rivalry due to our positions in the league office. Recently most of our games have seemingly ended in a tie or a close 1 goal win for either side. Today the team was able to do exactly what was needed; but I must give special thanks to the back 5 today. Not only did we register our first clean sheet of the campaign, but 3 of the back 5 were directly involved in our goals, which is a credit to them and the system we play. After the disappointing loss to QPR this was the perfect response; the response of champions. We talked about having a short term memory after the QPR game and I will remind them of this. In the same sense that I did not allow the team to beat themselves up over the loss, they should not, and will not, think too highly of themselves after this win. Every game is a fresh slate in this league and the most consistent team will end up with the championship. Right now we are trying to schedule our 3 remaining games with CSKA Moscow, Santos and Montpellier. Along with that we must also focus on our upcoming Coppa game against rschwep and his always dangerous Hannover squad in a game that will more than likely show who the winner of this group will be".
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    Udinese 3 - 0 Hamburger SV
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    Benatia (L) puts in MoTM performance with a goal and 4 tackles in Coppa win​
    16 Shots 7
    3 SOT 3
    56% Possession 44%
    20 Tackles 21
    84% Pass Accuracy 71%
    :goal:A. Di Natale (6') :assist: D. Basta​
    :goal:M. Benatia (15') :assist: A. Di Natale​
    :goal:M. Ranegie (60') :assist: A. Di Natale​
    CS: Z. Brkic​
    :trophy:M. Benatia​
    Udinese start Coppa Campaign with home Win
    Group Match #2​
    Udine, Italy​
    "Unlike in other games we were able to get a couple of early goals this game that really calmed down the team's nerves. Di Natale was up to his usual tricks as he was the catalyst yet again for us. With 1 goal and 2 assists in this game he had a hand in every goal scored. The only thing Toto has been missing this season is a MoTM award, which he jokingly states that the league has something against him for not awarding him one so far. I would like to take this opportunity to wish UcanHateMeNow and his Hamburg team the best of luck in their next two group games."
    "Back to back 3-0 wins have the team feeling good about themselves, but as stated before we have to take every game seriously and forget about our successes, or failures, in previous games. We have yet to play an away game so it will also be interesting to see how this team will cope in a hostile environment, but for now, 3 wins in 4 games is a great way to kickoff the campaign"
    Udinese were able to take control of this game from the start, as Muriel passed the ball to Basta who was able to send in a cross to a diving Di Natale who put the home team in front in the 6th minute. 9 minutes later and the home side would double their lead as Di Natale sent in a corner which was met by the head of Benatia. Ranegie would come in as a 2nd half substitute and was able to round up the scoring as he juked past a defender before placing a shot past the Hamburg keeper. 3-0 would be the final score in this one as Udinese now look towards their next two group games against Hannover and Bilbao.​
     
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    CSKA 2 - 0 Udinese
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    Coach unimpressed with team's performance​
    8 (5) Shots (SOT) 13 (7)​
    52% Possession 48%​
    28 Tackles 12​
    3 Fouls 2​
    0 :yellowcard:0​
    0 :redcard:0​
    2 Offsides 0​
    1 Corners 4​
    Match Events
    :goal:CSKA: Honda (60') :assist:Elm
    :goal:CSKA: Doumbia (76') :assist:Elm
    Clean Sheet: Akinfeev
    MOTM: Dzagoev
    Russian nightmare for Udinese as they lose first away game of season
    Moscow, Rusia​
    "I'm not quite sure what to say after this game" said a downtrodden coach after the game. "Looking at the stats it looked like we should have, at the very least, come away with a draw in this game. We were shocked to see that CSKA came out in the 5-4-1 formation and I believe we controlled the game for the first hour of play. The defense fell asleep at the hour mark and inexplicably allowed Honda free space right in the middle and we were punished. Credit to shiftee for keeping his team disciplined but I am shocked that Akinfeev was not awarded the MoTM with his performance. I even asked our ratings specialists who was given MoTM and they claimed that Akinfeev was given a perfect 10 rating, so not sure why Dzagoev was awarded. Either way, we will move on from this game and look forward, if we had been dominated in this game I might have had something to say to the team, but it just seems like today was not our day. Time to use this as a learning experience and move forward."
     
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    Udinese 1 - 1 Santos
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    11 Shots 4​
    5 SOT O​
    46% Possession 54%​
    26 Tackles 16​
    67% Pass Accuracy 84%​
    :goal:Neymar (21') :assist: Andre​
    :goal:G. Pinzi (72') :assist: A. Di Natale
    :trophy:G. Pinzi
    Udinese find new way to drop points in 1-1 draw
    Udine, Italy​
    "When you give up zero shots on target you expect to win the game, simple as that". A clearly frustrated coach after the 1-1 draw against Santos in which, yet again, his team could not find a way to make their superiority count. "We have to be better at passing the ball, I guess that is something we can work on from this game. 67% is just pitiful, and looking at that you can say that we did not deserve to win the game. I am sure of at least one thing though, there will be no other team in all the Series that will allow a team with zero shots on target to score. Hell, Santos could have even won the game if Neymar scored that penalty in the late stages of the game. No tweaks to the formation will be made just of yet, but Luis (Muriel) must pick up his game or risk losing his starting position. A player of his skills should be dominating games, and not being invisible for most of them. Ranegie is willing and able to come in and take his place, and maybe it might be time to bring him in from the start to try and light a fire in Muriel. We shall wait and see and hold off on that change until after I return from my two week vacation"
     
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    Stoke 2 - 5 Udinese
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    Mathias Ranegie continues to prove his value; comes off bench to net 2 in win​
    8 Shots 13​
    2 SOT 7​
    52% Possession 48%​
    23 Tackles 22​
    75% Pass Accuracy 72%​
    :goal:Stoke City: J. Pennant (9')
    :goal:Udinese: G. Pinzi (40') :assist: A. Merkel​
    :goal:Udinese: A. Di Natale (42') :assist: L. Muriel​
    :goal:Stoke City: K. Jones (61') :assist: M. Etherington
    :goal:Udinese: M. Ranegie (62') :assist: A. Di Natale​
    :goal:Udinese: M. Ranegie (81') :assist: G. Pasquale​
    :goal:Udinese: A. Merkel (90') :assist:L. Muriel​
    :trophy:G. Pinzi​
    Udinese back in win column after 2 week hiatus
    Stoke City, England​
    Matchweek 7​
    "I really didn't think this would be the final scoreline to be quite honest. When you concede so early, then Di Natale rattles a freekick off both posts and out, you think it won't be your day. Credit the team for sticking in there and continuing to attack. Those 2 quickfire goals before halftime were vital for us; and Ranegie's lighting quick response to Stoke City's equalizer was the difference in the game. What more can you say about Mathias, every time he is called upon he delivers and that is all you could ask for. He continues to provide me headaches as his performances this season are starter-worthy; we will see what we can do with the formation to try and bring him into the starting 11. I'd also like to point out Merkel's performance for us today. It is never easy for a new player to come to a new team, but Alex looked like he has been with us for years. The transfer of Willians shook us a little bit, but Giampiero (Pinzi) took it upon himself to take the defensive role, allowing as to bring in Alex to the starting lineup. These are exactly the types of games that we were dropping points in early in the season, so I am glad with the 3 points here. Anytime you can get a win in this division it is always a good thing, so if you are looking for any complaints from me on the team right now you will not find them."
    After what seemed like an eternity, Udinese were finally back on the pitch in a competitive game after their coach had returned from a 2 week hiatus. Facing them was a Stoke team that had taken 4 points from Sao Paulo (the coach's previous team) last year so they were not to be underestimated. The game didn't go as planned from the beginning though, as Pennant was able to get a yard on Alan, deputizing at LWB, as his daisy-cutter shot beat Brkic at his far post. Antoinio Di Natale had a chance to respond in the 23rd minute, but his curling freekick managed to hit the inside of the left AND right post; somehow keeping the score 1-0 to the home side. 5 minutes before the break Udinese would get their equalizer, as Merkel would find a yard of space on the right hand side and, instead of crossing it in, managed to pass it to Pinzi who's first time shot beat Bekovic. 2 minutes later and Udinese were in front as Toto was able to beat his man on the left side of the penalty box, before squaring up his shoulders and placing a shot with his right foot. 2-1 Udinese at the break.​
    Stoke City would be next to score, as they drew level from good work by Etherington and questionable goal keeping by Brkic. Etherington was able to cut inside and deliver a cross from the right, and Kenwyne Jones, a 2nd half substitute, was able to loop a header pas Brkic. However, only a minute passed before Udinese retook the lead for good; as Di Natale sent in a cross for Ranegie to head in. In the 81st minute Udinese would add to their lead, as Pasquale raced down the left and chipped another cross into Ranegie, who beat his man and was somehow able to get his tame header to go past Bekovic. A 90th minute left footed curler by new acquistion Alexander Merkel would seal the victory for Udinese.​
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    Hannover 96 0 - 0 Udinese
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    15 (9) Shots 11 (4)
    53 Possession 47
    8 Tackles 8
    0 Fouls 4
    0 Yellows 4
    0 Offsides 0
    2 Corners 5
    :yellowcard:M. Domizzi 27'
    :yellowcard: L. Muriel 51'
    :yellowcard: D. Basta 60'
    :yellowcard: A. Merkel 60'
    CS - R. Zieler
    CS - Z. Brkic
    MOTM Z. Brkic 8.0
    Udinese and Hannover share spoils in 0-0 draw
    Hannover, Germany

    "No comment" said a clearly frustrated coach after the 0-0 draw when asked about the referee.

    "Looking at the statistics we had 8 tackles in the entire game and were whistled for 4 fouls, each of them supposedly warranting a yellow card. You all can watch the replay and tell me what you think of his performance today. The team as a whole played reasonably well; this was just a game where any result could have been expected. Hannover dominated, but Merkel had his shot clang off the post late in the 2nd half, while the Hannover keeper produced a brilliant save at the death to deny Pinzi with a diving header. Other than that I think both teams played a tactical battle and can be satisfied with the point. With CSKA's complete domination of the league our goal is to ensure survival in Serie A; then we can look to play for 2nd place with over a half of the season left to go. 2nd place in the league and a good run in the cups would be a success for this team."

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    [​IMG] Anzhi 5 - 4 Udinese [​IMG]
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    Match Facts:​
    5 Goals 4
    11 Shots 13
    7 SOT 8
    54% Possession 46%
    24 Tackles 19
    0 Fouls 0
    0 :yellowcard:0
    0 :redcard:0
    0 Offsides 3
    5 Corners 9
    Anzhi:
    :goal: S. Eto'o (7') :assist:L. Traore
    :goal: O. Ahmedov (30') :assist:L. Traore​
    :goal: L. Traore (31') :assist:S. Eto'o​
    :goal: Jucilei (50') :assist:L. Traore​
    :goal: S. Eto'o (52') :assist:Jucilei​
    Udinese:
    :goal: M. Domizzi (14') :assist:G. Pinzi​
    :goal: M. Ranegie (38') :assist:A. Di Natale​
    :goal: A. Di Natale (45') :assist:M. Ranegie​
    :goal: M. Ranegie (58') :assist:A. Di Natale​
    MOTM: S. Eto'o - Anzhi (9.7)​
    Russian nightmare continues as defense crumbles
    Matchday 10​
    "There isn't really much to say about this game. There was something that was certainly off with the whole side today. Whether it was the travel or the opponent I am not sure, but the first 7 minutes were simply horrific from the side. Misplayed passes and constant attacks from Anzhi resulted in them getting a goal. We did well to level it up at 1-1 off our first corner kick but Anzhi were able to score 2 in quick succession to make it 3-1. Even when we tied it up before halftime we still were able to give up another quick double within seven minutes of the restart. Our whole defense didn't show up today, simple as that. Allowing 7 shots on goal isn't bad, but having 5 of them hit the back of the net is simply unacceptable. If we score 4 goals in a game we are expected to have won the game quite comfortably; to score 4 and lose is something that I have rarely been a part of. We will work on our defense and make sure this doesn't happen ever again. Credit to Broncos218 and his team; we were able to tie the game up twice, and score our 4th with more than 30 minutes to go but he was able to shut us down. We had our chances late on to steal a point but whether it was the keeper with a big save, or the ref who could have given a penalty for a foul in the box, it wasn't meant to be. We didn't deserve anything from this game after that piss-poor defensive performance and we didn't get anything from the game. This will be used as a lesson for the team that they cannot just show up and expect things to go their way. We have goals that we have yet to achieve in the league and if we are striving for that top 3 finish then performances like what we witnessed tonight must be few and far between."
     
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    Udinese 1 - 1 West Ham
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    Di Natale makes up for PK miss with last second equalizer​
    9 Shots 10​
    6 SOT 3​
    47% Possession 53%​
    14 Tackles 15​
    72% Pass Accuracy 79%​
    :goal:West Ham: J. Cole (42) :assist: M. Jarvis
    :goal:Udinese: A. di Natale (90') :assist: A. Merkel​
    :trophy:J. Cole (West Ham)
    Captain to the rescue as Udinese gain a point at the death
    Matchday 11
    Udine, Italy
    "This was exactly the type of game we were losing earlier in the season. Quite frankly I think we dominated the game, especially in the 1st half. When West Ham got their goal I felt like it was dejavu all over again as we looked like the side that would rue all their wasted opportunities. When Toto missed that penalty in the 2nd half I was cursing our luck, but I'd like to thank the lads for keeping their heads up high and continuing to attack the Hammers' goal. When Antonio got on the end of that Alex cross and I saw the ball hit the back of the net I just about lost it on the bench. Even though we only gained a point in a game that we dominated it still feels like we stole the result from West Ham because of the timing of the equalizer. I am sure CxMacx10 was crest-fallen when that goal went in, however I believe a draw was more than fair for both sides. Losing this game would have certainly stung, and the fact that we were able to get a point here helps in our push towards a top 3 finish. While the league title looks like a dream for another season, we will still push towards finishing as high on the table as possible. This team brought me in here to achieve great things, and that is what I intend to do to the best of my powers. For now, we will take this point and look towards gaining some more wins down the road as we head towards the second half of the season"
     
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    Marseille 0 - 1 Udinese
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    Ranegie thanks Toto for the great cross on the lone goal of the game​
    10 Shots 7​
    4 SOT 4​
    54% Possession 46%​
    23 Tackles 11​
    76% Passing 77%​
    :goal:M. Ranegie (44') :assist: A. di Natale​
    CS: Z. Brkic​
    :trophy:D. Basta​
    Little-Big man connection connects for vital 3 points in France
    Marseille, France​
    Matchday 13​
    "I'm not sure how we won tonight but we will take it. Seems like we use up all our luck against hokie79 and his Marseille team this year. Stealing 3 points at the death in the first week and somehow keeping a clean sheet here for the win. The team certainly had it's shaky moments, especially at the end when Marseille were throwing everything at us. That missed header from point blank range off a corner right at the death had my heart stop for a second there. We were able to get a goal right at the stroke of halftime and that really was the difference in this evenly-contested game. I keep telling this team that we cannot lose games if we keep a clean sheet and that is the attitude I would like to see from here on out. Being a strong defensive side will allow us to always be in every game and, in games like these, be able to steal points on the road. Our push for the top 3 will be a tough one with so many good teams in the division, but this result will help our push towards our end of season goals."
     
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    Udinese 1 - 0 Montpellier
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    9 Shots 12​
    5 SOT 5​
    51% Possessiong 49%​
    12 Tackles 25​
    75% Pass Accuracy 76%​
    :goal:M. Ranegie (32') :assist: A. Di Natale
    CS: Z. Brkic
    :trophy:Z. Brkic
    Ranegie at it again as Udinese advance in the Coppa
    Udine, Italy​
    Round of 16​
    "Back to back games now we have been able to get a timely goal off a Di Natale cross with Ranegie getting on the end of it. Once again the defense stood strong in times where it looked like we would certainly concede. Credit to vipermansa and his Montpellier team who shocked us with their 5 man backline formation. Knowing the coach's tendencies for offensive football we were surprised to see him going with that set up in the back; however, having played with a back 5 we knew how to exploit the weakness of that formation and were, just, able to sneak the result in this one. If the defense can continue to record clean sheets then the sky really is the limit for this team. I do not like the fact that we were outshot for the second game in a row; however, with both of them being clean sheets I really cannot have many complaints. Hopefully our forwards can push on and add more goals when we are able to get the advantage in a game so that the ending isn't so nervy for all of us."
     
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    Udinese 3 - 2 QPR
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    :goal:Udinese: M. Ranegie (66') :assist: A. Di Natale
    :goal:Udinese: A. Di Natale (69')
    :goal:Udinese: L. Muriel (72') :assist: M. Ranegie
    :goal:QPR: L. Remy (83')​
    :trophy:M. Ranegie
    7 Minutes in Heaven Catapults Udinese to 3-2 Victory
    Udine, Italy
    Matchday 1
    "Well that was one hell of a way to start the season! Credit to QPR who gave us a great game. Last season we were only able to get 1 point from 2 league games against these guys so to get the win here to start the season is a great result for us. They were able to score in the 15th minute off a cross from Taarabt that Hoilett was able to side foot home. We were disappointed going 1-0 down at the break from that goal as we had 2 defenders stading next to Junior, but they were unable to react quick enough. Credit to the lads for showing up in the 2nd half and taking their chances. That 66-72 minute period will probably be the best 7 minutes we will have the entire season. All 3 of our strikers scored today and Ranegie continues to prove that he is one of the most underrated strikers in the league. His 66th minute equalizer was a typical goal from him; a header off a Di Natale cross and he was able to send Muriel through on a breakaway for the 3-1 goal. Now we will focus on our two remaining games (home to Swansea, away to West Ham and hope to end the week with some more positive results"
     
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    Udinese 2 - 1 Swansea City
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    :goal:Swansea: N. Dyer (60') :assist: P. Hernandez​
    :goal:Udinese: L. Muriel (88') :assist: D. Basta
    :trophy:G. Pinzi
    Udinese Ride their Luck with Muriel Double
    Udine, Italy
    Matchday 3
    "We were outshot, out-possessed, and out-passed but were somehow able to get all 3 points here. After Muriel was able to put us up early I felt like the team really slowed down. That Dyer goal was a real shot in the arm for the team as Swansea were the better team on the day and fully deserved that equalizer. Truthfully, I was getting ready to play this game out to a draw because I didn't even feel like we deserved one point; but when Muriel was able to find a pocket of space in the 88th minute I was screaming for the 2nd. Luckily his 1-on-1 miss bounced straight back to him, and he was able to head home the winner. Swansea City and their manager vipermansa really gave us problems today; I'm just glad to take all 3 points. We will now shift our focus to trying to replicate our home fortunes on the road as we travel to England to face West Ham in the league, while taking an always tough trip to Greece to face Olympiakos in the Coppa"
     
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    Olympiakos 1 - 2 Udinese
    :yellowcard:Olympiakos: A. Papadopoulos (20')
    :goal:Olympiakos: K. Mitroglou (28') :assist: P. Machado
    :goal:Udinese: L. Muriel (41') :assist: M. Ranegie​
    :yellowcard:Udinese: Allan (47')​
    :yellowcard:Olympiakos: G. Maniatis (73')
    :goal:Udinese: A. Merkel (90') :assist: A. Di Natale​
    :trophy:L. Muriel​
    Late Merkel Goal spares Udinese Greek Tragedy
    Piraeus, Greece
    Coppa Group Game #1
    "Well, it seems like this year the team will certainly be a part of some exciting games!" said an exhausted coach in the post-game press conference. "Credit to slicknick202 and his team, they took the game by the throat and were the better side tonight. As Jose Mourinho famously said, the better team lost tonight. They were able to use the home crowd to their advantage and quite frankly stunned us with their level of play. They deservedly took the lead off a cross where the defense was unable to get to both the crosser, and Mitroglou who was able to head it in. The goal right before halftime was key for us, Ranegie played a great ball in for Muriel who was able to use his speed and rip one near post for the equalizer. Muriel has been on fire to start the season and this is something we didn't see from him all of last season."
    "The second half was again completely dominated by Olympiakos and we had to make the switch to a more defensive 5-3-2 halfway through the 2nd half in order to stop their attacks. This was the first time I have switched to the formation from a non-winning position and that is a credit to the Greek side today. We brought in Merkel and Maicousel in order to try and liven up the midfield, and at the end of the day were lucky to steal all 3 points tonight. Di Natale was able to wiggle past a couple of defenders and with an onrushing keeper was able to cooly pass it to Merkel who calmly (almost too calmly) slotted it into the open net"
     
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    [​IMG] vs [​IMG]
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    :goal:Udinese: M. Benatia (26') :assist: A. Di Natale
    :goal:West Ham: J. Cole (31')​
    :goal:Udinese: A. Di Natale (32') :assist: G. Pinzi
    :trophy:A. Di Natale​
    Six Action Packed First Half Minutes Good Enough for Udinese Away Victory
    London, England
    Matchday 2
    "Well, we knew coming into this game it would be a battle and it sure was. CxMacx10 does so much with West Ham that it is hard to stop them, and to take 3 points from this game is a boost to the whole club. The funny thing about this game is that you go into it wanting to stop someone, Joe Cole in this case, yet a player of his caliber is still able to hurt you from a single mistake. We were fortunate to take the lead in this one as West Ham had all the momentum and all the opportunities, Muriel was able to find some space and fired a weak shot at Jaaskaleinen and Di Natale was able to get a corner off the rebound. From there Di Natale found Benatia who put it in the net with our first real chance of the game."
    "Credit to West Ham they were not deterred from that goal, and in fact used another Benatia header, this time off a clearance, to get level. No fault to Benatia who was trying his best to get the ball out of the danger zone but when it fell at the feet of Joe Cole I feared the worst. He was able to expertly curl it past Brkic who had absolutely no chance and just like that the game was tied once again 5 minutes after we had taken the lead"
    "Last season a goal like this would have flattened the whole team. This season however there seems to be a belief amongst the lads, and within a minute of the Cole goal Di Natale was able to find some space on the left and fire past the keeper to restore our lead. Credit to the lads for keeping their composure and, more importantly, keeping West Ham off the scoresheet for the next 60 minutes to preserve the victory. With 9 points from the first 3 games we are off to a perfect start, it is now time to keep this going with our next 2 league games against Lyon and Gremio"
     
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    Udinese 1 - 2 Gremio
    Udinese Lose 1st League Game of Season to Gremio
    "I'll keep this short for you guys as we need to move on from this game as quickly as possible. You can't dominate a half like we did in the first and go to the break scoreless and expect anything in this league. Gremio came out and punched us in the mouth with 2 quick fire goals as we inexplicably gave away a goal from a corner which we looked to have defended well but were outjumped on. Gremio missed a penalty too near the end so the game could have been a massive scoreline against us. Di Natale got us one at the end but we couldn't get the ball back to mount any sort of comeback. The players will learn from this and move on; let's see how they react in our Coppa game and remaining league game this week against Lyon. Credit to shiftee for having the nerves to finish off that second one which proved to be the winner; we botched our 1 on 1 chance and he cooly chipped it over our keeper"
    Di Natale fails to find a wide open net as his rushed shot goes horribly wrong​
    Di Natale gets one in the 89th minute; using speed and strength to get by defense before rifling one past Dida​
     
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    [​IMG] vs. [​IMG]
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    :goal:Aston Villa: G. Agbonlahor (24') :assist: D. Bent
    :goal:Udinese: A. Di Natale (45') :assist: M. Ranegie​
    :goal:Udinese: A. Di Natale (63') PK​
    :goal:Udinese: A. Di Natale (67') :assist: L. Muriel​
    :goal:Udinese: L. Muriel (77') :assist: G. Pinzi​
    :trophy:A. Di Natale​
    Half-time Switch Fuels Udinese to Coppa Victory
    Udine, Italy
    Coppa Group Game #2
    "I didn't know how the team would react in this game to be quite honest. After starting off the season with 4 wins everything was good; but the heart of the team can't be measured during a winning streak. After losing to Gremio this team put in a great bounce back performance; albeit in the Coppa and not the league. Aston Villa is a great team, and MiaFLSurf was undefeated in all competitions this season so this was always going to be a tough test. When the team went one down I feared the worst, especially after Danilo clanged a header off the crossbar. However, that Di Natale goal right before halftime was very important for us. We were able to go into the break level, in a game where we didn't really think we played that well in, especially in the 1st half. The switch to bring in Pereyra and move Di Natale to the middle seemed to liven up the attack, and 3 second half goals were good enough for us to get the 3 points here. Now we have just 1 game left this week, and all our focus will be on the Lyon game as we will hope to get the 3 points there as well."
    Bent and Agbonlahor team up brilliantly to put Villa up 1-0​
    Di Natale uses his speed to get into space; before juking inside and rifling it past Shay Given to get Udinese back into the game at 1-1​
     
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    [​IMG] vs. [​IMG]
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    :goal:Udinese: L. Muriel (33') :assist: A. Di Natale​
    :goal:Udinese: M. Ranegie (80') :assist: A. Di Natale​
    :goal:Lyon: Y. Gourcuff (90') :assist: M. Blsevac
    :trophy:A. Di Natale​
    Udinese Scrape by Lyon to Gain 3 Points
    Udine, Italy
    Matchday 5
    "Well, if you were to just look at the game statistics in this one you would have thought we were humiliated by Lyon. IJGator had 58% of the ball, doubled our shots (12 to 6) and more than doubled out shots on target (7 to 3) yet somehow we won this game. The team knows that they must perform better than this, but to gain anything out of this game is a bonus. Even at 1-0 Lyon had a chance to equalize but they saw a cracking shot from outside of the box clang off the post. Lyon absolutely took us by surprise with their passing capabilities and their willingness to send players flying up in attack. It was a real backs to the wall type job for our men today and we were fortunate enough to catch the French side on two counter attacks to put this game out of reach for them. It would have been criminal for us to win this game 2-0, and they got a goal at the death that was the very least they deserved in this game. We were unable to do much of anything against their defense, and were lucky enough to get two crosses in that both Muriel and Ranegie were able to finish off. We won't be this fortunate every game, but we will take the 3 points here and move on"
    Di Natale finds Muriel who heads Udinese ahead in the 33rd minute​
    Di Natale is the provider again as Ranegie volleys in the 2nd in the 80th minute​
    Gourcuff pulls one back for Lyon​
     
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    :goal:Udinese: M. Benatia (40') :assist: A. Di Natale
    :goal:Udinese: A. Di Natale (60') :assist: G. Pinzi
    :goal:Corinthians: P. Guerrero (70') :assist: A. Pato​
    :goal:Udinese: Paulinho OG (75')
    :trophy:Allan (Udinese)
    Udinese Wrap up Coppa Group Stage with 3-1 Win
    Udine, Italy
    Coppa Group Game #3
    "We knew coming into this game that a draw would be good enough; so we were relaxed and decided to go with the 5-3-2 from the start. dooz and his Corinthians squad came out stronger than us, and to be truthful our first goal off a corner was against the run of play. After that goal we were able to sit back and soak up pressure and once Di Natale was able to juke past two defenders and power a shot past the keeper at the near post, we knew we could relax. Corinthians were able to pull one back to give the team the goal they deserved, but an unlucky bounce off another corner kick ensured the 3 points for us and top of the group. Now we wait to see who we will face in the Round of 16 while shifting our focus to the league and trying to keep our slender lead at the top intact."
    Benatia connects on a Di Natale corner to put Udinese 1-0 up​
    Guerrero pin-point shot gets Corinthians back in game at 2-1​
    Paulinho is unable to clear Muriel's header off a corner; putting it in his own net​
     
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    Udinese 1 - 1 Sao Paulo​
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    :goal:A. di Natale (73') :assist: L. Muriel​
    :goal:L. Fabiano (74') :assist: Wellington​
    :yellowcard:Lucio (Sao Paulo)​
    :trophy:Rhodolfo​
    Udinese Play Worst Game of Season; Luckily get a Point against Dominant Brazilians
    Udine, Italy
    Matchday 8
    "39% of the ball. What do you guys expect us to do with 39% of the ball. When a defender makes a tackle I expect the midfielders to go for the loose ball; that did not happen. When we lose the ball I expect people to want to fight to get it back; that did not happen. How we had a lead in this game is beyond me because that was a pitiful performance and the fact that we conceded a goal only a minute after taking the lead was simply poetic justice, because we never deserved a lead here in the first place. juanchoCT14 deserved all 3 points here, and he obliterated us in the first half to the point where we had to switch to a 5-3-2 at halftime to try to contain him! Things MUST change or else we won't even end up as a top 3 team let alone a team worthy of being champions of Serie A. We have rode our luck for far too long this season and the performances are not up to par to where I expect them to be! Some players will be getting a rude awakening because they simply have not been good enough to be worthy of wearing the Udinese shirt. We still have a game left this week against the mighty, and undefeated, Anzhi. If we continue to play the way we have been playing I expect this team to be laughed off the pitch in Russia. It might be time to shake things up on the team to show these players that their position should NOT be taken for granted."
    Di Natale briefly gives Udinese the lead with this great individual effort​
     
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