Tuesday August 7 2012
Buffon: 'Juve want Super Cup'

Gianluigi Buffon has shaken off an injury in Beijing and warns Napoli “we want to win the Italian Super Cup” on Saturday.

Juventus began training in China on Monday ahead of the August 11 showdown, which kicks off at 13.00 UK time.

“After the age of 30 when you start training for the first two weeks, it’s normal to have a few aches and pains, because the engine has to warm up again,” he said after a back problem last week.

“I feel better now and resumed training, so the problem is behind me.”

It has been a tense few days in the Bianconeri camp, as Coach Antonio Conte, assistant manager Angelo Alessio, players Leonardo Bonucci and Simone Pepe face potential bans in the betting trial.

Another of Conte’s assistants, Cristian Stellini, tended his resignation last night after accepting a plea bargain.

“When I am with my teammates, the Coach and on the field, I feel good and my strength is that I know nothing and nobody can ever affect me,” continued Buffon.

“Our fortune is that we have the opportunity, when stepping outside the locker room and on to the pitch, to put all the problems that affect football right now behind us.

“Now we have an important objective and we want to win the Italian Super Cup, as we care about it a great deal.”

The Supercoppa traditionally kicks off the season and is between the Scudetto holders and winners of the Coppa Italia.

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