Thursday September 12 2013
Buffon aware of Inter threat

Juventus captain Gigi Buffon is showing Inter respect ahead of Saturday’s San Siro Derby d’Italia showdown.

The Old Lady have started their quest for a third successive Scudetto in confident mood, but the Nerazzurri also have a 100 per cent record after two games.

“It’s time to concentrate on the championship again and Inter because we can’t make any mistakes,” Buffon, who secured World Cup qualification with Italy in midweek, told Tuttosport.

“It won’t be an easy game. Actually, right now, it is possibly the most difficult we could play. They are in good shape, charged up with enthusiasm after a good start, eager to confirm themselves.”

The Milanese club made changes this summer after finishing last term in ninth. As well as new players, they replaced boss Andrea Stramaccioni with Walter Mazzarri.

“They could repeat our cycle,” the goalkeeper, whose Juve side went from two seventh-place finishes to back-to-back titles, added.

“There are similarities – they have rebuilt and there is a new Coach who is very good, another reason to respect them ahead of the game.

“I don’t know what a defeat could signify for them at this moment in time,” he continued. “They are only at the start of a new project.

“Their project is a solid one and they can implement it without worrying about playing in Europe. I don’t think one lost game can bring an end to it.

“But we need a victory for us, not a victory to stop them.”