Sunday September 9 2012
Buffon unveils Italy 'tension'

Gianluigi Buffon admits “someone talked a bit too much” on the field in Bulgaria after Italy’s tense and argumentative draw.

The Azzurri were often seen berating each other for mistakes during Friday’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw in Sofia.

“We always struggle a little in the first few qualifiers, then when you are tired it can happen to lose sharpness and become more tense,” Buffon told La Stampa.

“This is why someone talked a bit too much on the field.”

The pitch-side microphones picked up several conversations, including Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Pirlo discussing who was meant to charge down a shot and repeated instructions to Christian Maggio and Sebastian Giovinco on their positioning.

Meanwhile, Buffon is widely expected to sign a contract extension with Juventus over the next few days.

The goalkeeper should put pen to paper on a deal holding him in Turin until June 2016.

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