Friday November 8 2013
Prandelli would never doubt Buffon

Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has no concerns about the form of Juventus ‘keeper Gigi Buffon with the World Cup on the horizon.

The 35-year-old was starting to be questioned by pundits after a number of errors in the opening few weeks of the season.

“I don’t think I’ve heard any criticism of him lately,” the CT told Tuttosport on Friday. “Anyhow, I would never doubt Buffon.

“He will be our first choice at the World Cup. Full stop.

“I am convinced that his personality, his charisma and his desire to be considered as the best in the world will be effective weapons.

“He knows that by playing in the role he does that one mistake will see him finish up in the eye of a storm.”

Buffon has kept a clean sheet in his last three League games, but he will face the threat of Gonzalo Higuain at the weekend when Napoli arrive in Turin.

Higuain was being chased by Juventus in the summer until the Old Lady turned their attention to Carlos Tevez instead.

“It’s said that a striker can’t do certain things, instead Higuain and Tevez demonstrate that they can be useful to the whole team,” Prandelli continued.

“And I can guarantee that a Coach is as happy when he sees the work rate of a player like Tevez.”