Buffon keen to prove point

A look ahead to the midweek action in the Italian Coppa Italia.

Last Updated: 07/01/13 at 16:23 Post Comment

Gianluigi Buffon: Hoping to make amends after Samp blunder

Gianluigi Buffon: Hoping to make amends after Samp blunder

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has called on his Juventus team-mates to prove why they are still the top team in Italy when the Bianconeri take on AC Milan in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia.

Defeat to Napoli in last summer's final was the only serious blip in an outstanding 2012 for Antonio Conte's men, who went through an entire Serie A season unbeaten and finished the calendar year with a record-breaking haul of 94 points.

Juve may lead the current standings by five points but their resolution to outstrip last year's achievements began with an inauspicious 2-1 home defeat to Sampdoria, with Buffon taking the blame for the first goal of Mauro Icardi's brace.

The Bianconeri's bid for a 10th Coppa Italia continues with a daunting tie against Milan, who are on the hunt for a first final appearance since 2003.

Addressing the fans via the Corriere dello Sport, Buffon said: "Unfortunately it was a really bad day and the team were not able to play in the way you are used to.

"Even I admit the first goal I conceded was totally avoidable. But a great team should be able to recover from this kind of setback.

"We will all learn from the mistakes we made to avoid repeating them and we will turn our disappointment into anger, the same kind of anger that saw us reach the top of the league.

"We must not forget that we are the champions of Italy and we have no intention of surrendering that title."

Resurgent Milan are eager to atone for last year's semi-final exit to the Turin giants, with midfielder Riccardo Montolivo taking heart from a 2-1 win over Siena.

"We're happy with the result and three important points," he told Tuttosport. "It was a good Sunday that allowed us to keep pace with our rivals.

"Now we are looking forward to a huge challenge against the Bianconeri in the Coppa Italia. It will be very tough at the Juventus Stadium but we want to get to the semi-finals."

Lazio are Juve's closest challenger in the league and are bidding for a first cup title since 2009, when they beat Sampdoria on penalties.

Catania, who have never reached the final, stand in their way and Biancocelesti head coach Vladimir Petkovic is out for revenge for a heavy 4-0 defeat in November.

He told the Corriere dello Sport: "We have a few motives to win tomorrow, in terms of pride and revenge, but we are also considering that there are just three matches separating us from the cup."

Catania boss Rolando Maran is suitably wary of Petkovic's intentions, telling La Repubblica: "We are meeting a confident Lazio side, galvanised by the possibility of winning Serie A.

"We would like need to repeat what we did to them in the league, but each encounter is different."

Next week's ties see Inter Milan welcome Bologna to the San Siro, with Roma travelling to Fiorentina in pursuit of a last-four berth.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech doesn't want to be on the bench

Petr Cech has warned Jose Mourinho he does not want to be second-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea next season.

Transfer News: Sunderland striker Danny Graham expected to move on

Gus Poyet has confirmed that it is going to be 'very difficult' for Danny Graham to be part of his Sunderland squad.

Premier League: Ryan Giggs compares Louis van Gaal to Sir Alex Ferguson

Ryan Giggs has hailed Louis van Gaal's early impact and has acknowledged the similarities with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mail Box

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property