March 27, 2011 | In: Articles
Gianluigi Buffon Hopeful Of Better Times At Juventus
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has expressed his hopes for a renewal of fortunes for the Bianconeri between now and the end of the season as he says he wants his team-mates to defend the shirt with honour.
Placed seventh in the Serie A standings at the moment, five points off the final Europa League slot, the former Italian champions’ chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League have all but been put to flight, with prospects of playing in the Europa Laeague in 2011-12 looking slim too.
Juventus returned to winning ways last weekend with a 2-1 victory over Brescia in Turin which marked their first victory in five matches, and Buffon hopes that this is the start of a better chapter for the Old Lady this season.
“There are difficulties, but we cannot hide,” said the 33-year-old, according to Tuttosport. “The players have talent and we’ve got to end the season with honour.
“If some of the Juventus players did better with Italy against Slovenia this week [in Friday’s Euro 2012 qualifier], then it’s down to the psychological situation at the club.”
The Italy international custodian has been injured for much of 2010-11 and has also been in disappointing form, with criticism levelled against him for his poor displays in the league.
However, Buffon remains defiant in the face of his crictics and said: “I am criticised for looking uncertain against Brescia, then hailed for my saves in Slovenia. Perhaps someone should ask why that is.”
Juventus travel south take on Roma next weekend in Serie A after the international break comes to a close.