Gianluigi Buffon says that the secret behind yet another successful season in the black and white stripes is the club’s ongoing winning mentality.
The skipper, who has now claimed his eighth Scudetto title since joining from Parma in 2001, lauded the Bianconeri’s “will to always want more” after today’s 1-0 victory over Sampdoria sealed a 33rd Serie A title in Juventus’ illustrious history.
Speaking to reporters in the mixed zone at the Luigi Ferraris, the 37-year-old began: “The Scudetti become even better as the years pass. You never get tired of winning. In fact, the older you get, the more you enjoy these triumphs.
“We had a few doubts when there was change in the dugout back in July, but we’ve demonstrated both our technical and moral merit. We’re a group who possess a strong mentality, spirit of self-sacrifice and a will to always want more.”
It’s been a fantastic campaign for the Old Lady, who have been top ever since the opening day, but Buffon stated that it wasn’t plain sailing all the way.
“The 2013/14 season was close right until the end, but it was a different story this time around. There have been some bumps along the way, that happens in years like this one and it does you some good.
“When you know you’re the best, you run the risk of slacking off. Sometimes you need a kick up the backside to bring the best out of you.”
There’s now just the small matter of preparing for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid, a game in which Buffon is looking for the Bianconeri to show their mettle.
“We’re delighted to have wrapped up the title, now we can shift our attentions solely on Real. We want to give it a good go and come away without any regrets.”