Prandelli: Buffon Italy's best goalkeeper
Gianluigi Buffon is Italy’s leading goalkeeper despite some questioning his form after he conceded four goals for Juventus at the weekend, national coach Cesare Prandelli has said.
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Juve lost a 2-0 lead as they were beaten 4-2 at Fiorentina -- the first time since Antonio Conte took charge that they had conceded four goals in a game.
However, Prandelli was quick to emphasise that the 35-year-old was still top of his list, telling a news conference: “For me, Gigi is the best goalkeeper in Italy, the No.1.
“He will be our first-choice during the World Cup in Brazil. There’s no issue with Buffon. Gigi has our utmost faith.”
Buffon, meanwhile, voiced his support for Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who was dropped by former coach Jose Mourinho last season and is currently on the bench.
With Juventus travelling to Real in the Champions League on Wednesday, Buffon said he would struggle to tolerate a similar situation.
“I admire Casillas a lot,” he told AS. “I feel I’m a strong goalkeeper, one of the best around, so it would hurt a lot to accept certain situations, and it seems very strange to see one like Iker on the bench.
“I’m impressed by how Iker has responded, which is why I respect him even more as a person.”
Juventus have conceded ten goals in eight games -- their worst defensive spell since Conte became coach -- and that has raised doubts about the form of Buffon, who was already under the microscope after blunders at the Confederations Cup in the summer.
He responded by saving three penalties against Uruguay as Italy clinched third place in that tournament.