Buffon: ‘Juve arrogant and fearful’

Gigi Buffon said Juventus suffer from a combination of “arrogance and fear at the first sign of difficulty.”

The goalkeeper spoke to Sky Sport Italia after a 1-1 draw with Inter, their fourth stalemate in the last five games in all competition.

“In my view the same thing happened in other games, which is that we go from great confidence/arrogance of being the best team with excellent potential to seeming fearful at the first sign of difficulty.

Gigi Buffon said Juventus suffer from a combination of “arrogance and fear at the first sign of difficulty.”

The goalkeeper spoke to Sky Sport Italia after a 1-1 draw with Inter, their fourth stalemate in the last five games in all competition.

“In my view the same thing happened in other games, which is that we go from great confidence/arrogance of being the best team with excellent potential to seeming fearful at the first sign of difficulty.

“It happened against Sampdoria, Torino and Napoli. We need to mature definitively if we want to take an important place in the Champions League as well as Serie A.

“It isn’t a worry as such, but it is something we need to analyse and pick apart. There are moments during the game when Juventus are absolutely dominant and create a huge number of scoring opportunities, but must remember that if it’s 1-0 then we need to keep our eyes open.

“Every team that we face have some very talented individuals who can cause us problems at any moment.”

Nonetheless, the captain defended Coach Max Allegri against those who would want Antonio Conte’s style back.

“At this moment the results aren’t good, but before these five games we had another 15 or 16 in which Juve showed very entertaining and effective football. We are still top of the table and in the Champions League Round of 16.

“We might seem less solid on the one hand, but we also propose other more consistent attacking moves.”

Buffon tried to rush off his line to close down Mauro Icardi on the equaliser, but the striker flicked a snooker shot past him.

“I saw this long ball and thought I could get there in time to block. If I had stayed in the goal he would’ve gone for power rather than accuracy and it would’ve been tougher for him.”