Saturday October 29 2016
Buffon: 'Juve need another gear'

Gigi Buffon warned Juventus “have to do better and find another gear” after a hard-fought win over Napoli.

The Bianconeri secured the 2-1 result through Leonardo Bonucci and Gonzalo Higuain after a Jose Callejon temporary equaliser.

‘Pipita’ Higuain didn’t celebrate the goal against his former teammates, but did he let loose in the locker room afterwards?

“Pipa is an extremely fair person, so he celebrated in sober fashion, as was only right. We won a difficult match, but naturally he was satisfied, as he couldn’t help but be satisfied,” Buffon told Sky Sport Italia.

“I know that I can count on the help of some great champions who often make me win games. Clearly this also gives you the confidence and positivity in difficult moments to believe you’ll take the result home.

“At times I had more of a feeling that Napoli would win rather than us, but as often happens, our individual champions make the difference.”

Having lost the head-to-head clashes with Inter and Milan this season, did Juventus have a different approach tonight?

“It was a match we won, that gives us great confidence, joy and morale against a direct competitor for the title, but we must improve in terms of performance and many other situations.

“The objective is to build a radiant future and one that lasts as long as possible, both in Italy and in Europe. Despite the fact results say we are top of the table in Serie A and the Champions League group, we need to realise the current level won’t be enough, so we need steps forward.

“If we go into the next round in Europe, it’ll be the hard stuff from March and we’ll have no more time to work on it then. We need to make those improvements now.

“Coming off five years of great success, we have many certainties. Signing Higuain made us feel even more confident and strong.

“However, at the end it’s all about where we want to end up. If our idea is to win the Scudetto, Coppa Italia and Super Cup, then this performance and spirit could well be enough.

“If we want to play on a par with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, then it is our duty to do better and find another gear.”

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