Italy’s Udinese set sights on UCL spot

Sunday Juventus     vs     Atalanta        15:00 Fiorentina     vs     Cagliari Milan     vs     Novara Parma     vs     Bologna        18:00    Cesena     vs     AS Roma

Sunday
Juventus     vs     Atalanta        15:00
Fiorentina     vs     Cagliari
Milan     vs     Novara
Parma     vs     Bologna        18:00    Cesena     vs     AS Roma
Lazio     vs     Inter        20:45
Chievo     vs     Lecce
Genoa     vs     Palermo
Napoli     vs     Siena
Catania     vs     Udinese

ROME – All eyes will be on the Angelo Massimino Stadium on Sunday night when Udinese visit Catania needing only a point to finish third in Serie A and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

With one game remaining, Udinese are hoping to join Juventus and AC Milan in Europe’s elite club competition.

The Friuli outfit are two points clear of fourth-placed Lazio, who host Inter Milan. Udinese will have the edge in a head-to-head tie-breaker against Lazio should the sides finish the Serie A campaign level on points.

“We still need a point before we can celebrate,’’ Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale said. “We need to get it against Catania, a team that is strong and has done well this season. We have plenty of motivation but we have to show it on the field.’’

If they do clinch third place, Di Natale says it will be a major success. “It would be fantastic to secure qualification to the Champions League for the second consecutive season,’’ he said. “It would be a great achievement for Udinese.’’

Fifth-placed Napoli’s chances of finishing third are slim. Walter Mazzarri’s men need to beat Siena in Naples and not only hope that Udinese lose but that Lazio also fail to win against Inter.

Italian champions Juventus will get a heroes’ welcome when they host Atalanta on Sunday. The Bianconeri won 2-0 in Trieste over Cagliari last weekend to clinch the scudetto for the first time since 2003.

A point at Atalanta would be sufficient to see Juve join AC Milan and Perugia as the only clubs in the history of Serie A to remain unbeaten in a given season.

Second-placed AC Milan want to end the campaign on a winning note when they host already-relegated Novara. The Rossoneri fell 4-2 at Inter Milan on Sunday to drop four points behind Juve.

Sunday’s match at rock-bottom Cesena could be Luis Enrique’s last game in charge of Roma. The Spanish tactician has not confirmed if he will remain at the helm of the Giallorossi following a disappointing campaign.

 

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