MILAN (AFP) – Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has added his weight to early season predictions that the battle for Serie A supremacy will be a two-horse race betweeen the Turin giants and AS Roma.
Ahead of this weekend’s visit to Atalanta, champions Juve remain unbeaten and Buffon has yet to concede a goal but the 36-year-old has taken note of Roma’s early season form.
Roma are also unbeaten after four games and a 5-1 Champions League rout of CSKA Moscow two weeks ago has only served to underline their credentials on the domestic front.
“Roma will be fighting for the title to the very end. They’ve now acquired a certain level of strength and confidence that comes with victories and strong performances,” Buffon told reporters.
“They are a stronger team now … it’s made the league a lot more compelling.”
Having missed Andrea Pirlo for the start of the campaign due to a thigh injury, the Juventus midfield great is being tipped to return to Massimiliano Allegri’s squad in Bergamo. In his absence, Juve have acquitted themselves admirably – as seen by last week’s 1-0 win away to AC Milan and their 3-0 win over Cesena on Wednesday, when Manchester United target Arturo Vidal hit a brace for the hosts.