Monday March 3 2014
Buffon full of praise for Prandelli

Gianluigi Buffon has praised Italian national team Coach Cesare Prandelli, claiming the tactician is a ‘spokesman for the nation’.

Since taking charge of the Azzurri in 2010, the former Fiorentina man has guided the nation to the final of Euro 2012 and qualification to this summer’s World Cup.

And the goalkeeper has claimed that the 56-year-old is s superb leader, as well as an arbiter of high standards.

“Prandelli has demonstrated that he is a very intelligent and capable person,” the Azzurri captain told

“He is a tranquil person who has managed to interact and engage in dialogue with the people, even about the problems of our country. 

“He has made himself the spokesman of the nation, giving clear signals like having the presence of the national team in whichever area of the country was undergoing particular problems. 

“And these are signals that certainly help unite the Italian football fans with the team.”

The Juventus shot-stopper then commented on his country’s chances in Brazil this summer.

“I have won a World Cup, but I don't know if a recipe for winning it again exists. Surely what exists is the opportunity, because after winning in 2006 I didn't have a chance to be a protagonist again, given the fact that in South Africa [when Italy were eliminated in the group stage] I only managed to play one half before leaving the pitch for injury. 

“Now I have another possibility, which I have to take advantage of to the fullest in order not to have any regrets.”