Serie A news

Di Natale proud of UCL qualification

May 14, 2012
By ESPN staff

Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale insists Udinese deserve to head into next season's Champions League ahead of Inter Milan and Napoli.

Antonio Di Natale
GettyImagesAntonio Di Natale celebrates scoring for Udinese

Di Natale and Diego Fabbrini scored as Udinese defeated Catania to claim their fourth straight Serie A win to clinch a place in next season's Champions League qualifying round on Sunday. The 34-year-old striker was understandably pleased after the away win, which will see the club move into Europe's top club competition for the second consecutive year.

"It was a great performance and a splendid result. We conquered the Champions League for the second time in a row, overtaking teams like Napoli and Inter," said Di Natale.

"We are ahead of them in the table because we deserved it and did better. It is a great achievement. Now I want to celebrate with my fans and then think about the rest later."

Meanwhile, Udinese manager Francesco Guidolin has cast doubt over his future, and indicated he would like to take on a different role within the club. Guidolin cited health reasons for his desire to step down from the top job.

"I am very tired and need to rest," Guidolin told Sky Sport Italia. "I think I'm going to need a long rest, as I am under a lot of strain and I don't know if my health can hold up to another season like this with over 50 matches.

"In the next few days I will talk to the directors, because I feel the need to go off grid and stop for a while, so I don't know if I'll be ready for the start of July.

"Could I stay in Udine as technical director working with a young coach?" he added. "I would be ready for that role."