Buffon Praises Spalletti Hiring in First Italy Presser

Gianluigi Buffon held his introductory presser as the new head of the delegation of the Italian national team. He was hand-picked for the job before Roberto Mancini’s abrupt farewell. He’s succeeding the late great Gianluca Vialli in the role (via Sky).

“I’m not here to replicate him, because I wouldn’t be worthy, and I will be myself. I was born and raised with the myths of Paolo Rossi, Dino Zoff, the Azzurri of the 1982 World Cup, and my father’s tales. The first time I met Gigi Riva was like seeing a monument to me.”

“Our pool of goalkeepers has grown a lot recently. Gianluca Donnarumma established himself. Plus, there are Guglielmo Vicario, Ivan Provedel, Alex Meret, Wladimiro Falcone, and Raffaele Di Gregorio.”

Buffon rubber-stamped the appointment of Luciano Spalletti.

“He’s the right man at the right time. He makes my job easier. With a coach of this caliber, I won’t need to say much. I’ve had the chance to spend time with the president, the gaffer, and his staff. I heard concepts, emotions, and values that are indispensable if you want to reach an objective.”

Buffon dished retirement.

“I got to an age that allowed me to consider it. It was an easy choice. My physique dictated it. I only do what I like. That’s why there won’t be a farewell game.”

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