Udinese coach denies fix against Milan

by AFP on May 21, 2011

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Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has denied suggestions his team will get an easy passage into the Champions League when they play AC Milan on Sunday.

Udinese are in the all-important fourth place in Serie A, two points ahead of Lazio with an equal head-to-head record and a vastly superior goal difference.

It means realistically they only need a draw at home to champions Milan to ensure they hold onto fourth spot and take their place in the Champions League play-offs next season.

On Monday 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 Milan have been celebrating their title triumph already for a week and have nothing more to play for.

But Guidolin says Milan won't be pushovers.

"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."

And 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."