Guest of Dazn’s “Supertele” program, Gigi Buffon said he believes in Juventus’ chances of winning the championship, according to him Inter’s number one opponent. “Juve – he explained – is going through a period in which every week there is a case. So it is impossible to get bored (smile, ed.). The best medicine in situations like this are performances and victories like those against Lazio because they give confidence and relegate controversies to the slums. Juve could have competed for the scudetto already last year, but due to the vicissitudes they faced, they were never in the running. Now they have the same team and I see few such competitive squads “Inter are perhaps more complete, but they have commitments in the Champions League that will weigh on them, while Allegri will be able to prepare one match a week. What do I feel like saying about the affairs of Pogba and Bonucci? What happened to both of them is sad because they I know and knew Juve well, given that now apart from the coach and a couple of figures everything has been turned upside down. Not knowing the people who now lead the club, however, I don’t want to pass off judgements.”
OFF TO THE CUPS
Buffon also spoke about the European cups which will start today and about Italy’s chances of bringing three teams to the final again this year: “Since many top-level players went to the Arab championship, the European movement has become balanced. Inter and Inter Milan can win against anyone on the day, even against City and Real. Having the chance to lift the Champions League is wonderful. The Milan derby? Milan were coming off three consecutive victories and in my opinion they did well not to lose their character, to play the match with its creed. Inter deserved the victory, which in the end was clear and overwhelming, but the direction of the match was given by the details, all in favor of the Nerazzurri. There is no gap between the two teams as abysmal as the 5-1 would suggest.”
ME AND ITALY
Here we are with his new role as head of the Italian delegation: “It’s very beautiful and stimulating. I’m happy because I was welcomed very well by president Gravina, by the other managers, but also by the coach, his staff and the players, with whom it was created the right empathy. Disappointing draw in Macedonia? Let’s not forget that in the last 5 years we have played against Macedonia 5 times and we won only once in the 93rd minute. If there hadn’t been the call from the national team, I would have stayed a few months… on holiday. This, however, was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. For the prestige, for the opportunity it gave me to put myself in a role other than that of a footballer and because it’s not a daily commitment. I need to dedicate myself to my I had decided to withdraw within myself a long time ago. Last year I looked at myself in the mirror and said to myself: ‘Do you want to end it?'”.
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Only compliments for Spalletti: “I was immediately struck by his knowledge of football, his ideas and how he proposes them. The difficulty of many coaches is precisely being able to convey them, while he succeeds because he is meticulous beyond belief: he went to he retires two or three days before and together with his staff works twelve hours a day… He is a credible person, the true commander of the team.”