Marco Amelia believes that AC Milan have the quality to hold off Fiorentina and seize third spot in Serie A this season.
The Rossoneri have taken only two points so far this April after being held 2-2 by the Viola, drawing 1-1 with Napoli and last week falling to a 1-0 defeat against Juventus.
However, Massimiliano Allegri's team still occupy a Champions League place and Amelia is adamant that they will remain in that position until the end of the campaign.
"The Viola are doing just as well as us," the 31-year-old told Tuttosport.
"It will be a good battle and go right up to the end. We will try to neutralise their challenge, especially since we are Milan.
"We know what our potential is and we have a fixture list, which, if interpreted in the right way, favours us more. Of course, though, the last five games of the season are not played on paper."
Milan, who face Catania on Sunday, hold a one-point advantage over their Florence-based rivals, but Amelia is confident that, particularly under Allegri's leadership, his side can enjoy a successful end to the year.
"Allegri is very focused on winning third place and I think that for him there is nothing better for Milan," the former Roma youth player continued.
"I also do not see why he should leave the club- I think he will stay."