Sunday January 8 2012
Buffon sees renewed Juve respect

Gigi Buffon trusts Juventus are now “respected again by fans and opponents” as he welcomes Marco Borriello.

The Bianconeri ended 2011 as joint Serie A leaders with Milan and are still unbeaten, which is a remarkable achievement for a club that finished seventh for two years in a row.

“First of all we wanted to be respected again by fans and opponents, which I think we achieved. We never said going into the season that the Scudetto was our objective,” the goalkeeper told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I am very happy that Borriello has arrived. Marco will be hungry to prove Roma made a mistake in letting him go. He will certainly be an extra weapon for the team.”

Buffon also cast his eye over the other big transfer story of the month so far, as Milan continue to push for Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez.

“I wouldn’t be surprised. They lost Antonio Cassano and he is not a player you can replace with the first one who comes along. In top sides you replace champions with other champions.”

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