Buffon: ‘Italy experienced, not old’

Posted on 12/02/2010


Gianluigi Buffon maintains Italy’s World Cup squad should be referred to as “experienced” rather than old.
The Azzurri lifted the trophy in 2006 and many of the players are still in Marcello Lippi’s side heading to South Africa.

“Perhaps we’re not the youngest of teams, as quite a few of us took part in the tournament four years ago,” confessed the goalkeeper to CNN International.

“In certain competitions experience counts for a lot. On top of that, I don’t think there are better players in Italy right now than the ones we have.

“The important thing will be to reach June at our best physical and psychological form.”

Italy’s group contains New Zealand, Slovakia and Paraguay, but Buffon is already looking ahead.

“I hope we don’t meet Portugal, as Cristiano Ronaldo is good at hitting the ball from long distances.

“He often scores from that range and with the footballs used in these tournaments he could become even more dangerous.”

Source: Football.Italia