By Sergio Stanco
Udinese defender Danilo has admitted that it will be tough for his side to qualify for the Champions League this season, due to a difficult run-in.
Francesco Guidolin's men are currently embroiled in a three-way tussle for the third, and final, spot to secure involvement in Europe's top club competition, but sit behind both Napoli and Lazio.
Despite conceding that toppling their rivals will be a difficult task, the Brazilian has vowed to continue fighting to finish third.
"We're only thinking about the nine games after this point. It is hard, as we all know, and it's also true that we have to go head to head with Roma, Inter and Lazio," Danilo told Goal.com.
"We will try until the very end."
Meanwhile, the Brazilian has also stated that he is focused on playing for Udinese, and is not thinking about a call-up to his national side.
"I can honestly say that I'm not thinking about the Selecao. I'm thinking about Udinese, the team that took me to Italy.
"We're working to try and get third place and qualify for the champions League. I live in the present, not the future."
Finally, the 27-year-old also revealed his admiration for Thiago Silva, lauding his compatriot as the world's best defender.
"I am inspired by Lucio, a man who has had a monster of a career. From the past there's [Paolo] Maldini, [Fabio] Cannavaro and [Alessandro] Costacurta.
"Now, I think Thiago Silva is number one."
Udinese travel to Siena on Sunday, looking to keep up the pressure on third-placed Lazio.