Thursday March 17 2011
'Juve need greater self-esteem'

Gigi Buffon believes Juventus need greater self-esteem if they are to get out of their current crisis and return to winning ways.

The Old Lady hasn't won in four matches in Serie A and looks very unlikely to qualify for next year's Champions League.

Interviewed in Tuttosport, Buffon said: "It's a moment of difficulty, like the one we went through last year. We knew that it might happen.

"But now is not the moment to let yourself go and to breakdown. We aren't superficial. The fact is that important players were injured at the moment of our jump in quality, those who could have given us a change of pace. This hasn't helped us.

"We have got out of a crisis many times before, but I can't give any more than what I am giving on the pitch. I have still got two arms, two legs and a head. My contribution can be consistent. I can have better performances like those that have earned me a place in the sun for many years and that's what I want to keep doing for Juventus.

"More than anything else in order to get back to being great we need the security and conviction again that's worthy of an important team who are first or better than first. What we need a lot is self-esteem."

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