De Sanctis: We're interested in third
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Napoli goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis has said he wants to play against Manchester United in UEFA Champions League next season.

Napoli are on the brink of securing passage directly into the Champions League group stages next season following a 1-0 victory over Genoa combined with losses for Lazio and Udinese on the weekend.

The top three in Italy's Serie A go straight into the group stages, while the fourth placed team must play a qualifying round. Napoli only need two more points from three games to be sure of third place. And should they get those, it is Old Trafford where De Sanctis wants to be heading.

"We've already mathematically secured fourth place, but it's third we're interested in to avoid qualifying," said De Sanctis. "We need two more points. The preliminaries are treacherous as you play decent teams. For example, Sampdoria (this season) lost to Werder Bremen. It's vital we get these points, we'll try and hopefully we'll do it already on Sunday."

We've already mathematically secured fourth place, but it's third we're interested in to avoid qualifying.
Morgan De Sanctis, Napoli goalkeeper

Should they do so it would complete a fantastic season for Napoli, who never imagined they would be finishing so high when the campaign began.

"Our results have been amazing, we've far outdone our greatest expectations," said De Sanctis. "We've finished above Roma and Juventus who spend much more than us. We've also overtaken Genoa, Fiorentina and Palermo who are very good teams. Now we just have to complete the job, we're improving a lot from an organisational point of view.

"It's crucial to always be competing in Europe. I would like to play against Manchester United, at Old Trafford. But in any case it would be a great honour to represent the name and people of Naples in the great stadiums of Europe."