Sunday January 5 2014
Buffon: 'Juve silenced critics'

Gigi Buffon said the 3-0 hammering of Roma proves Juventus are the best despite “alibis for those who don’t win.”

Arturo Vidal, Leonardo Bonucci and Mirko Vucinic were on target, while Daniele De Rossi and Leandro Castan saw red in the final stages.

It was their 10th consecutive Serie A victory and put them eight points clear at the top of the table.

“The statistics are impressive and now we can say that we fully deserve to be top of the table, casting aside any aspersions,” Buffon told Sky Sport Italia.

“The lads have learned that defeats teach you something, such as the loss against Inter last season and Fiorentina this term.”

The ‘aspersions’ included Francesco Totti saying this week that Juve always win with ‘a little help.’

“It’s just talk that lots of people say and it’s not as if Francesco was alone over the years. I think more than anything else this is used as a ready alibi for those who don’t win. They can just say ‘Juve are helped’ and ignore their own problems.

“To analyse the match honestly, Roma caused us many problems in the first half and we won thanks to the individual incidents, which we made the most of. The Giallorossi are a really good side and showed that tonight.

“It’s a very important victory, but Roma really impressed me for an hour tonight, so we cannot afford to let our concentration drop.”