Friday January 14 2011
Safety first, says Handanovic

Udinese may be as high as eighth in the standings but Samir Handanovic insists that avoiding relegation is the club's top priority.

The Bianconeri have recovered from a terrible start to the season, which saw them lose their first four games, to collect 27 points so far.

Although the club are on the verge of the European places, the goalkeeper continues to look over his shoulder.

"Our first objective is to get to 40 points as soon as possible," said the net-minder. "We can't afford to relax.

"We have to and can do better in the second half of the season than we did in the first part," he added.

Udinese drew 4-4 at leaders Milan last Sunday and travel to stuttering Genoa this weekend.

"It'll be a tough game," Handanovic continued. "We mustn't make the mistake in thinking that because Genoa are changing a lot this January then it'll be a simpler match for us."