Gigi Buffon is currently training with Cesare Prandelli’s squad ahead of Italy’s final two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but there is always room for Juventus in the club captain’s mind, and today he sent out a rallying cry to the rest of the Bianconeri squad as they prepare for their next Serie A game against Fiorentina.
Speaking at Italy’s training camp, the 35-year old goalkeeper for both Juve and the national side said: “We need to get back to the top of the table and look to pull away from the others.”
He continued by praising the results Antonio Conte's men have pulled off so far this season, especially given the packed nature of their schedule of late: “I’d like to remind those who might have sneered at our start to the season that in our ten games to date we’ve won seven and drawn three.”
As commendable as these results undoubtedly are, they have still not been enough to claim top spot from a Roma side who are in scintillating form at the moment.
On Juve’s rivals, Buffon commented: “I watched their game against Inter and I have to say that the Giallorossi are looking very good. I’m sure that they’ll be hoping to stay right up there until the end, but Federico Balzaretti is right in saying that Napoli and us are more used to fighting for the top honours.
“Roma and Napoli have started really strongly but I’m also wary of Inter, so this year we need to push down on the accelerator even more to get back to top of the table and maybe establish a bit of distance with the others.”