How Italy won their second World Cup in two years
1 / 6 Juventus are now on course for the first World Cup final since 1998 © Getty Images/AFP 2018/Petr Cech Italia-winning captain Gianluigi Buffon believes the Serie A giants can repeat the feat of 2002 and 2003.
The Italy side were runners-up to Germany in 2002 and were knocked out in the semi-finals of the World Cup that year.
“The teams in 2003 and 2004 had the chance to win the World Cups, but they did not,” Buffon told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“In 2005, we had a good season and a great performance against a great team.
We can go for the second World Championship, and if we can, it will be my dream.”
I think we have a good chance, and in my mind we have the same mentality as the players of 2002, 2003 and 2005, and the same vision as the team in 2006.
“Buffon, who will become Juventus captain on Monday, believes Italy can again repeat their 2002 form and claim a trophy that was missed in the last four years.”
We have two chances to win it, so I don’t think we need to look too far ahead,” he added.”
For sure we need a big effort, we need some time to think, we have to make sure we have some luck, we are ready, but if we do it will all be done.
“The last time Italy made it to the finals in 2018, they came away from a 1-0 defeat to Portugal.”
I think we will be able to repeat this year, and we will have the players and the qualities to do it.””
It was not a game that we could take into our dressing room.
I think we will be able to repeat this year, and we will have the players and the qualities to do it.”
But we have another chance to do that, and I believe it is going to be our last chance.
It will be a huge game.