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    28.12.2013 12:14 - in: The team S

    Buffon hails Juve's team spirit

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    The Bianconeri skipper looks back on 2013 and ahead to 2014. "Antonio Conte deserves massive credit for our success of the last two years"

    Exactly one month short of his 36th birthday, Gigi Buffon has clearly lost none of his hunger for glory. As another year dawns, he's eyeing yet more victories with Juventus and Italy, the two teams he captains.

    Speaking in an exclusive interview with Sky Italia, the Bianconeri No.1 cast his eye back over 2013, a year which saw him add another Scudetto winner's medal to his collection as well as another Super Cup crown, and then glance into the future and what 2014 might hold.

    He chatted not only about the last 12 months but also about Juventus' phenomenal spell of success under Antonio Conte on the whole: "I don't know if this current Juve side is the strongest I've seen in terms of individual players. It's definitely a side in which there's a huge emphasis on team spirit and team play. And the coach deserves massive credit for that. He's done an amazing job of galvanising us and giving us a clear playing style."

    Juventus see out 2013 top of the league, in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals and now also in the Europa League following their unlucky Champions League exit. All three are targets to aim for in  2014, besides next summer's World Cup of course.

    Buffon explained: "To triumph at club level you have to overcome lots of different opponents and try to stay on top of your game for almost the whole season, which is no mean feat. At the World Cup it's different. It all comes down to what you do in one month and you have to try and stick it out for seven games."

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