Gigi Buffon claims motivation will not be an issue as the Bianconeri aim to avenge their previous experience of a Stadio Olimpico final by running out winners in tomorrow’s Super Cup clash with Lazio.
Speaking to the media in the capital, the 35-year-old began: “I remember the Coppa Italia final we played here against Napoli. It was a bitter night for us as we would have liked to celebrate with our fans. Now we’ve got another opportunity and we hope to make the most of it, because you never get tired of winning.
“I don’t think there’s a chance of us taking things lightly after two Scudetto triumphs. When there are one off games, with a trophy up for grabs, such a risk doesn’t exist.”
Standing in between Juventus and their second Super Cup triumph in as many years are Vladimir Petkovic’s Lazio, a side who proved a tough nut to crack in the four encounters played last season.
“Over the past two years, Lazio have shown themselves to be tough opposition. They’re always hard to beat and have managed to gain important results. We’ve got great respect for them.”
A major catalyst in Lazio’s recent resurgence has been the form and goalscoring contribution of Miroslav Klose.
But despite terrorising Serie A defences with his lethal finishing since arriving in 2011, the German frontman has yet to score against Juventus – a run that Buffon hopes will be extended when the final whistle blows at the Stadio Olimpico.
“I got a shiver down my spine when I read the statistic, because when you’re up against certain players it’s inevitable you’ll pay the price sooner or later. I hope it’s not tomorrow or that, if it were to happen, we’d be able to lift the trophy regardless.”
Concluding with a thought on international team-mate Federico Marchetti, Buffon added: “Federico is the classic example for youngsters. He’s worked his way up with sweat and determination on a daily basis.
“His desire to improve has enabled him to establish himself as an important goalkeeper on an international level. He’s a warm-hearted lad who gets on brilliantly with everyone in the group. I take my hat off to him.”