Thursday December 22 2011
Buffon outlines Juve target

Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon has revealed his club’s objective for 2012. “We want to qualify for the Champions League.”

The Old Lady will finish 2011 joint top of Serie A with Milan after a 0-0 draw at Udinese on Wednesday, a result which underlined their status as title contenders.

Buffon, however, isn’t getting carried away with talk of a possible Scudetto in May.

“The aim for 2012 is to qualify for the Champions League,” the Italian international noted. “That is the priority for all of us at this club.”

Juve began the campaign as an unknown quantity after some tough years and the arrival of another new Coach in the form of Antonio Conte.

Now, four months after the season started, the Old Lady are the only unbeaten side in the big European Leagues.

“That fact is a source of pride,” Gigi continued. “Nobody would have thought we would be top at Christmas after finishing seventh for the last two campaigns.

“The draw with Udinese? It was an intense match, one heavily based on tactics, and I think that football experts would have appreciated it.

“There were a few scoring opportunities for both teams, but the draw was pretty much the right result.”

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