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Tuesday October 25 2011
Guidolin sees calm leaders Udinese

Udinese are the Serie A leaders and face Napoli in a head-to-head battle without Antonio Di Natale, but Francesco Guidolin insists “we're not tense.”

The Friulani broke away at the top of the table on their own after Juventus fell off the pace and have a potential Scudetto showdown tomorrow night.

“I am experiencing this situation with good common sense. I have an age that should protect me from the dangers of easy enthusiasm,” smiled the Coach.

“All that is happening to us at the moment is wonderful. We'd like to enjoy it, but we can't, because already tomorrow we have to play in a very difficult arena like the San Paolo.

“We're not tense and nobody here has let it get to their heads. We all look to the next match, taking it one game at a time and that is all.

“I hear many fans complain that nobody is talking about Udinese, but I think that really helps us to keep the tension at bay. I am relaxed and concentrated, thinking more about my squad than any media bombardment.

“The whole campaign is dangerous, difficult for all and we cannot put too much importance on this one game. It's important, but decides nothing. Napoli are doing very well, especially in the Champions League, so we'll need a great performance.”

Di Natale has not even made the trip to his hometown club, as he is still carrying an injury, while Mauricio Isla has also been left behind. It's a special day for Di Natale, who is on the 50-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

“I'm very happy for him, as winning the Capocannoniere title two years in a row is amazing. He deserves this recognition.”

Udinese squad: Handanovic, Padelli, Romo; Armero, Basta, Benatia, Domizzi, Ekstrand, Ferronetti, Danilo, Neuton, Pereyra; Abdi, Asamoah, Badu, Doubai, Pinzi, Sissoko; Fabbrini, Floro Flores, Torje

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