Friday August 15 2014
‘Allegri can do great things, if…’

Gianluigi Buffon has backed Massimiliano Allegri to achieve ‘great things’ with Juventus, provided the players maintain their hunger.

The veteran shot-stopper is preparing for the 2014-15 season alongside his Juve teammates under a new Coach in Allegri, following Antonio Conte’s exit after three successful years.

On from backing his former boss to succeed at international level with Italy, Buffon has also considered his current tactician at club level equally capable of winning.

“We have had three years of winning the Scudetto. A year ago they said it would be difficult to repeat it,” began the 36-year-old to Tuttosport today.

“Now that difficulty will increase. Yet, the value of Juve does not change. Our team is in the top two in the table in Italy, and among the top eight in Europe.

“Although this team is the brainchild of Conte, I think that Allegri has been signed for his quality and experience, which means knowing how to handle a team like that. Allegri brings forward ideas that are very innovative. And very nice.

“Conte won everything in Italy. Pulling everything out of us? Yes, this is true. And I think that we can do well with the fact that someone doing something different has come in.

“We will be able to win even with Allegri. I am convinced that he will do great things. But only if on the part of the players we are hungry again. And are available. And have the same will to win as the last few years. It is essential to everything, if we want to continue to do well.

“The Scudetto records of last year are unique. Not only for ourselves but for all those who will follow. But I also believe that everyone has within themselves a desire to impress. For personal reasons and for the group. Or both things together.

“And the fact that we have proven to know how to win and that we can become great regardless of who is on the bench, there is a nice incentive.

“What has Allegri done differently? Allegri has completely different ideas. Formations, patterns. The way to develop the same move.

“You can tell the difference right away, if you are dealing with a capable Coach. And he is. It is also easy to learn his new training methods. Or changes related to tactics.”