Tuesday November 8 2011
Guidolin laughs off Scudetto talk

Francesco Guidolin’s Udinese are top of the table, but he insists “our objective is Europe, not the Scudetto.”

The Friulani are joint leaders with Lazio and have lost only once all season in Serie A.

“The real objective of my team is to stay in the European qualifying zone, certainly not the Scudetto,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Having said that, being up there on top of the table is a marvellous sensation. However, Milan have turned on the turbo and when they are in good shape, the Rossoneri can even beat Barcelona. There is no other player in the world with the same strength and class as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Juventus are just behind Milan, as Antonio Conte has done well to bring the locker room atmosphere of the past into the present.

“There is huge expectation around Napoli and it’s not positive to always want something more. As for Inter, if they can follow Claudio Ranieri’s teaching, then they’ll quickly climb back up the table.

“Lazio are level with us and truly surprising. You can tell Edy Reja is enjoying his football.”

Antonio Di Natale was Capocannoniere for two years on the bounce and is back on top of the scorers’ charts again.

“He will become for Udinese what Gigi Riva was for Cagliari,” continued Guidolin. “It’s almost a shame he discovered the role of centre-forward so late, otherwise he would’ve scored more than 200 goals in Italy.

 “Toto is a champion and a great man who can be a protagonist until he’s 40.”