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      25.01.2016 19:30 - in: The team S

      Buffon: “Eager to extend run”

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      Gigi Buffon runs the rule over his team’s winning streak, rivals for the title and Paulo Dybala’s relentless goalscoring form

      The day after sealing an 11th straight league win on Sunday night against Roma, Gigi Buffon urged his team-mates to keep up their impressive form, as they ramp up their challenge for a fifth successive Scudetto title.

      Speaking to journalists at the “Gianni Brera, athlete of 2015” award ceremony in Milan, Juventus’ captain began: “We’re clearly enjoying a purple patch at the moment because you don’t win 11 matches on the spin if you’re not right on top of your game.

      “That said, we need to make sure that we extend this run for as long as possible, so that we have points in the bag, so to speak, as winning streaks are always destined to come to an end eventually.”

      One major factor in the Old Lady’s resurgence over the last three months has been the regular goal getting of a certain Paulo Dybala. Last night against the Giallorossi, the Argentine netted for a 14th time in all competitions this term – a tally, which Buffon explained not everyone may have expected from the 22-year-old during his first six months in Turin.

      “Last season you could already tell that he was an extraordinarily talented player, but for him to have replicated his form with Palermo at a club of the size and stature of Juventus is something that has perhaps taken a few people by surprise.”

      Asked whether, following yesterday’s defeat of Luciano Spalletti’s Roma, he thought matters now boiled down to a two-horse title race between the Bianconeri and Napoli, Buffon stressed that it was still too early to confirm who held the upper hand this year, while reserving praise for Partenopei goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

      “This season has been far from predictable and no team has dominated for a lengthy period. Therefore, even if Napoli and ourselves are deservedly ahead of the pack right now, it’s difficult to say that it’s between just the two of us.

      “Reina boasts outstanding technical skills and his team owe a lot to his quality for their current league position. He also has a fantastic charisma that makes him a perfect fit for a dressing room such as that of Napoli.”

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