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13. Oct 2014, 11:49
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Buffon: “This team has a clear identity. All we need is time to work”
The arduous victory against Azerbaijan did not undermine the spirit of a very close-knit group. Captain Gigi Buffon addressed the media during the press conference and praised his team for the reaction shown after Azerbaijan surprisingly scored the equaliser last Friday in Palermo. He commented: “I did not need to raise my voice. There are moments when you need to spur on your teammates, but they only deserve applause for the way the played against Azerbaijan. They are dedicated in every training session. I’m very satisfied with the passionate reaction we showed in the last 15 minutes of the game. A struggling team could have been affected by the equaliser – not us. We started attacking again, we dictated the play, we scored a goal and we had another two big chances.”
Buffon was full of positives for the Azzurri team, even though he specified: “We have to wait a few more matches before we can make an analytical assessment. Having said that, the first signs given by this team show that we have a clear identity; we know what we are supposed to do on the pitch. We are diligent and are willing to improve and to sacrifice. Those are important foundations and the more we get to know each other, the better the situation will be. On top of that, our coach needs more time to let us learn what he wants us to do. There are some players who are not used to playing in a system like this – they also need some more time in order to learn. The first signs are comforting. We still have a long way ahead of us, but we are confident that we will improve.”