Tuesday, 7th May, 2013
Italy skipper Gianluigi Buffon has stated that the FIFA Confederations Cup, starting in June, will be an “excellent test” for the Azzurri, ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Italy have been grouped alongside Brazil, Japan, and Mexico in the Group A of the tournament. However, Group B consists of Spain, Uruguay, Tahiti, and Nigeria. The matches will be held across six cities in Brazil.
“More than anything it’s an excellent test [before the World Cup in Brazil]”, the veteran goalkeeper told FIFA.
The 35-year-old shot-stopper also praised his national coach Cesare Prandelli, and the Juventus player believes that the Azzurri have struck a fine balance between their defensive as well as attacking approach.
“Thanks to the excellent job Cesare Prandelli is doing, I think we’ve found a balance between defensive solidity and an attacking approach that allows our great forwards to express themselves better.”
Buffon, fresh after winning a second-successive Serie A title with Turin giants Juventus, is hoping to face the host country in the final of the Confederations Cup.
“[I am looking forward to facing] Brazil, because of their history and because it’s always exciting to take on the host country”, he said.
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