This week’s friendly against Brazil will provide answers to certain questions about the strength of Italy, says Gigi Buffon.
The Azzurri will take on the World Cup hosts in Geneva and the Juventus idol has underlined how significant the tie will be.
“We’ve faced Brazil on a few occasions in the last few years and we’ve done pretty poorly against them,” the captain stated.
“Thursday’s match will be important, it will give us some important answers about the future, about our convictions.
“These are the kind of games that will help you to mature, no matter whether you do well or badly in them.”
The Azzurri haven’t beaten Brazil since Paolo Rossi scored a sensational hat-trick against them in the 1982 World Cup.
In the five meetings since then, there have been three Brazil wins and two draws.
Buffon has played in the last two meetings between the two giants, losing 2-0 and 3-0 during ties in 2009.