Guidolin laments Uefa draw
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Francesco Guidolin feels Palermo have been handed the worst possible draw.
Francesco Guidolin feels Palermo have been handed the worst possible draw for the Uefa Cup group phase.
Having knocked out West Ham United in the first round, Palermo will again come up against Premiership opposition in the form of Newcastle United.
The Serie A side will also face Celta Vigo, Eintracht Frankfurt and Fenerbahce, and Guidolin was in pessimistic mood after the draw.
"Once again, it is worse than in any way it could go," Guidolin told the club's official website.
"We have been drawn with three sides from countries whose football is important and a side, like the Turkish one, with the habit of playing in European competitions.
"It will be hard. I hoped to face at least one quite easy side, instead luck reserved us teams of the top level."
Meanwhile, Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has revealed his pride that the club sit joint top of the Serie A table with Roma.
A 1-0 victory over Chievo Verona on Sunday moved the Sicilian side level with Roma, although Zamparini is not getting carried away.
Zamparini said: "It's impossible to forbid people from dreaming, but should we have illusions, we risk waking up badly.
"We are a solid side and let's stop here. It's useless dreaming too much.
"We surely can't aim to be first or second in the final placing. At most, we can aim for the third one."
Palermo captain Eugenio Corini believes a realistic target for the season is claiming fourth spot and a berth in the UEFA Champions League.
Corini said: "Our dream could be the fourth place. We will try to achieve it this season, taking advantage from the fact there is no Juventus, and other sides have big penalties, because I think Inter, Milan and Roma surely have something more than us.
"Anyway, we will try to do our best until the end, then we will see."