Reliable Italy aiming for quarterfinals, says Buffon

Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon gives a thumbs during a training session at Florence's...

Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon gives a thumbs during a training session at Florence's Coverciano training ground on May 20, 2014. (AFP/PHOTO Filippo MONTEFORTE)

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Gianluigi Buffon considers Italy as a reliable team who know their limitations and should at least reach the World Cup quarter-finals, the stalwart goalkeeper said on Wednesday.

Buffon listed Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany as favourites to win the tournament in Brazil, with Italy among the dark horses who are a rung below.

"If we get to the quarter-finals or further, it will have been a positive World Cup," the 36-year-old told reporters.

"We have a mature team which knows its own limitation and, because of this, we are a dependable side who win the matches we are expected to win.

"Sometimes we manage to cause surprises in the games in which we don't start as favourites, giving the opposition some headaches," added Buffon.

 


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