Buffon wary of Serie A challengers
By Football News
Juventus have been widely tipped to storm to a second consecutive Scudetto this year, but will have teams like AC Milan, Inter, Roma and Napoli nipping at their heels.
And the veteran goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, is under no illusions that his side will face stern competition, thanks in part to coach Antonio Conte's 10-month ban.
"There are three or four teams who might start behind us, but could be dangerous along the way," the Italy international told Sky Sport24.
"I'm talking about AC Milan, but also, Inter, Roma and Napoli, who don't have the Champions League, but have an experienced group of players.
"We are missing Conte and his absence is felt on the bench. He's a coach who gave us new belief and did a great job of turning the team around with his determination."
Buffon also expressed his delight at Juventus' impending return to the Champions League.
"We have been missing these type of matches - for too long we have only been watching them on television," he said.
He also spoke about former team-mate Alessandro Del Piero's transfer to Sydney FC, as well as commenting on his own future.
"He made a choice with his life, and I am not only sure that he won't have any problems, and that he will still have a long career," Buffon said.
"My future? Soon I will talk with the club and I doubt there'll be any problems. I want to renew my contract, but the club are currently occupied with other matters.
"I think I won't play for any other Italian team, even if in football you can never say never."