Guidolin taking nothing for granted
Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has urged his players not to get carried away and start dreaming of UEFA Champions League football just yet. They won 2-0 at Chievo yesterday to remain fourth in the standings, two points clear of Lazio with one game remaining.
"The win at Chievo was important," Guidolin said. "But we still need one more point to qualify for Europe's elite club competition. We still need to work hard to get the result that would take us to paradise.
Lazio coach Edy Reja all but threw in the towel saying it was inconceivable that Udinese would not get the result they need, given that AC Milan have been celebrating their title triumph already for a week and have nothing more to play for.
However, Guidolin says Milan won't be push-overs. "On Sunday we will be engaged in overcoming the highest obstacle given we are playing Milan, the best team in the league," said Guidolin. "I don't agree with those who say we've almost arrived at our objective and that we don't have any more obstacles to overcome.
"Of course we're in good shape and we'll do our best to combat Milan but we're not taking anything for granted. I repeat, the team coached by [Massimiliano] Allegri is the toughest adversary we could have."
Guidolin also pointed out that a supposedly celebrating Milan team had won handsomely 4-1 against Cagliari on Saturday. "Milan were supposed to be demotivated against Cagliari but instead they were calm, they played very well and won easily."
"We must keep our concentration in view of our next game against AC Milan, not just any team but the Serie A champions."
If Udinese beat Milan at home on Sunday or Lazio fail to win at Lecce, Guidolin's side will be in the Champions League for only the second time in the club's history. The last time Udinese achieved that was back in the 2005/06 campaign. A draw against Milan will be sufficient for Udinese provided fifth-placed Lazio fail to beat Lecce by at least nine goals.