Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon sees suspended boss Antonio Conte as a caged lion now the season is underway.
The Bianconeri’s unbeaten league run from last season has continued after victories over Parma and Udinese but Conte has been forced to watch from the stands after his 10 month suspension.
“It’s not like Conte's suspension is helping the team, a coach like him influences in the same way in the changing room and from the bench during the game,” he told La Stampa. “He did a masterpiece last year with the victories and providing the winning mentality, but now I see him as a caged lion.”
Buffon, preparing for international duty with Italy, is now in his 12th season with the current champions and feels Juventus have the squad to challenge in the Champions League.
“To say Juve is alone against everyone would be wrong, and also a way to copy those who always complain to create an alibi. We are alone against everyone only in the sense that all our opponents want to beat us.
“We must be ready, it was our goal last season and now that we’ve reached it it’s important to be competitive. I think that Juve are on a par with everyone in Europe.”