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Buffon: 'Prestige' Has Returned to Juve-Napoli
Football Italia, November 8th, 2013 1:39PM

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Gianluigi Buffon praised Juventus owner the Agnelli family and Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis for returning prestige to the bi-annual clash between the two teams, which were the top two in Serie A last season.

“The prestige of the matchup was lost a bit after the years of Michel Platini and Diego Maradona,” Buffon told the Corriere dello Sport ahead of Sunday’s game. “That returned with the matches in Serie B where both teams had ended up. In a few years, we found ourselves competing at the top and that is the result of planning. For Juventus, the club’s tradition and the [Agnelli] family was important, while Aurelio De Laurentiis deserves great credit for Napoli."

Napoli and Juventus are second and third in the Serie A table, respectively, three points behind AS Roma, which has won 10 and tied just one of its first 11 games.

Asked about Roma’s remarkable start to the season, Buffon replied: “Nobody expected the Giallorossi to be flying so high, not even themselves or their most optimistic supporter. Their run signifies that they have a great desire, motivation and squad spirit – characteristics which allow you to scale unthinkable mountains. Roma are first and they deserve it. They will be a rival right up until the very end.”

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