IT'S HARD TO DESCRIBE BUFFON - CONTE
The Juventus goalkeeper is set to receive his 150th
cap for Italy when they take on Bulgaria on Sunday
and the coach spoke of his admiration for his
Antonio Conte says it is difficult to find the words to
describe Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon ahead of
his 150th Italy cap.
The 37-year-old, who played with Conte at
Juventus and then under his tutelage when the
former midfielder took over the Bianconeri first
team, has been a key player for the Azzurri for the
last 18 years, leading them to World Cup glory in
The shot-stopper will reach a new milestone of
appearances when he takes on Bulgaria in
Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifying clash and Conte was
full of praise for him.
â€œFinding the words to describe Gigi is tough," Conte
told reporters. "He is such a champion. I admire
him as a player and as a man. He was my team-
mate, my goalkeeper at club level and now for
After Thursday's 1-0 win over Malta, Italy are top
of qualifying Group H but were criticised for the
performance and Conte insists his side will work
hard to win over the doubters.
â€œI am not disappointed by criticism - it's part of the
game. The national team is on its own. Itâ€™s open to
criticism more than any other team. We will try to
silence the critics with hard work."
The coach revealed that he is not entirely sure of
the condition of his squad heading into Sunday's
game and refused to reveal if Andrea Pirlo would
â€œWe will evaluate who has recovered well in
tomorrow's training session.
â€œYouâ€™ll find out my line-up tomorrow evening. There
are many players who can play in Pirlo's position,
like Claudio Marchisio, Daniele De Rossi, Riccardo
Montolivo and Mirko Valdifiori.
â€œSimone Zaza can play up front with Graziano Pelle,
but also with Ciro Immobile."
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