Buffon: Juventus right to rejuvenate squad

The 37-year-old believes that Saturday’s Supercoppa Italiana success proves that the time was right to overhaul the squad after four years of success

Gianluigi Buffon feels that Juventus had little other option but to rejuvenate their squad this summer and is confident they have now laid the foundations for more silverware.

The Bianconeri claimed their fourth consecutive Serie A title last term, as well as lifting the Coppa Italia and reaching the final of the Champions League, but saw accomplished stars such as Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez depart during the off-season.

However, with the likes of Sami Khedira, Simone Zaza, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala having subsequently arrived in Turin, Buffon believes that the overhaul is a good thing for the Old Lady.

“If there was a time for the squad to be freshened up and for us to be a little more daring, this was definitely it,” Buffon told reporters.

“We’ve laid the foundations to enjoy plenty of success over the coming years.”

Juventus kickstarted their 2015-16 campaign with a 2-0 Supercoppa Italiana win over Lazio at the weekend, with both Mandzukic and Dybala on target for the Bianconeri, and Buffon was pleased with his side’s display.

“It was a tough game against an excellent and well-organised side who had 10 days on us in terms of their preparations,” the goalkeeper added.

“We did well to not force the tempo and our play in certain moments, allowing us to ration our energy well across the 90 minutes.”