Gianluigi Buffon: Italy Will Have A Difficult Game Against Ireland
The goalkeeper has highlighted the potential pitfalls his side face at Croke Park as he hails Ireland’s coach.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is expecting a tough test against the Republic of Ireland as he peers over the precipice of World Cup qualification.
South Africa is in sight for La Nazionale, and while the view from the summit of Group 8 looks good, Buffon has warned his team-mates not to expect an easy clash against Giovanni Trapattoni’s men.
“We will play against a tough Ireland side. I am expecting some difficult moments during the game,” Buffon told the press at Coverciano.
“Would I take a draw? You can’t say that would be good, but if that’s the result at the end of the game then there is nothing anyone can say,” added the ‘keeper.
Buffon then paid tribute to the coaches of both teams, paying particular attention on Giovanni Trapattoni. Marcello Lippi has also been linked with a return to Juventus after the World Cup.
“Trapattoni is someone who characterised this Italy team for a while and I would like to salute him. He is a football maestro and he has always won many things,” continued Buffon.
“As for Lippi he is unique and mixes up the old and new values in football. He is like [Fabio] Capello, and [Carlo] Ancelotti, I wouldn’t be surprised if he came back to Juve.”