With the 3-1 win over Inter at the weekend, Udinese have managed to climb up to the third position on the league table. They are now only one point behind the league leaders, Napoli.
Goals from Jaka Bijol and Tolgay Arslan including an own goal from Milan Škriniar sealed the 3-1 home win over Inter Milan on Sunday, their fifth successive league victory.
The hosts, who last won five consecutive games in December 2017, have 16 points from seven games, equalling their best start to a season last achieved in the 2000-01 campaign.
Gianpaolo Pozzo, the president of Udinese, acknowledged in an interview with Sky Sport Italia that he would want to compete in Europe again the following season.
“The goal is to return to Europe. The basis is always the same: passion, the desire to win, and to have fun, participating in European competitions. It is not easy to climb this mountain, but I believe in it and will continue to do so every year”, he said.
Udinese haven’t been able to make it into any European tournaments in the twenty-first century; their lone and only participation in the UEFA Cup was in the 1997–98 campaign.
They did, however, take home the 2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup. With 16 points after seven Serie A games, the Friulian club is off to a solid start to the year.
After the international break, Inter will host AS Roma on October 1, while Udinese will travel to Hellas Verona on October 3.