Gianluigi Buffon: Italy’s minimum aim is to reach World Cup quarter-finalsCan Buffon show he is still one of the best?
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon believes Brazil are among the favourites for the 2014 World Cup and has set a target for his country.
The Juventus legend was speaking to Gazetta dello Sport about the upcoming tournament and believes Italy must at least reach the quarter-finals to quantify the World Cup as a success.
Buffon is sure that the Azzurri can go further than Group D rivals England and Uruguay too, Football Italia quoted the 36-year-old.
“From the quarter-finals onwards we can say it has been a good World Cup and a positive tournament,” Buffon insisted.
“But naturally you are never fully satisfied. I don’t feel as if I can say today with certainty that we can reach the final. I think that our national team has become one that is reliable and that manages to win the matches it should win.
“Sometimes we manage to cause surprises in the games in which we don’t start as favourites, giving the opposition some headaches.”
The matches Buffon was referring to was two drawn games against Spain, whilst the Juventus keeper felt his country were unlucky against Brazil in the Confederations Cup last year.
Buffon added: “At this moment, Italy are the team who can think about going the furthest compared with England and Uruguay – at least at the start of the tournament.
“The favourites are Brazil, Spain, Germany and Argentina. We are slightly further back.”