Paper Talk: Buffon praised, Lippi set for China job
19 October at 11:18Juventus managed to snatch a crucial 1-0 win over Lyon in a Champions League clash played yesterday night saving a penalty kick in the first half and making two more stunning saves in the second part of the game. Buffon’s saves combined to Cuadrado’s winner, allowed Juventus to win for 1-0 and to make a huge step forward for the qualification to the knock-out stage.
All the Italian papers out this morning praise the 38-year-old goalkeeper whose rating is 9 out of 10 in every newspaper: from La Gazzetta dello Sport to Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
After the final whistle Buffon released an interview with Mediaset Premium moaning for the poor treatment he received from some newspapers and TVs after two successive mistakes against Spain and Udinese.
“They thought my funeral was close. If they want to go to the ceremony, they’ll found nobody there.”
Meantime, former coach of Buffon at Juventus and Italy national team Marcello Lippi is close to becoming the next boss of China national team.
With one point in just four games, China sit in the last position of their world cup qualifier group. Lippi will be flying to China in the next few days to discuss the Chinese FA’s offer.
Il Corriere dello Sport exclusively reports that Lippi has been personally named by President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping.
AND THE REST
Franceso Totti, 40, is set to start Roma’s Europa League clash against Austria Wien tomorrow (Gazzetta)
Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic is going to return in the starting XI after being sidelined for more than one month due to behaviour issues (Gazzetta)
Forty fans of Torino were allowed by boss Sinisa Mihajlovic to watch yesterday’s training session from the pitch rather than from the stands (various)
Under-fire boss Carlo Ancelotti claims that it is still premature to talk about a crisis of his Bayern Munich side (Tuttosport)
Rudi Garcia is emerging as a possible replacement for Frank De Boer as Inter boss (Tuttosport)
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Raina says that he is ‘proud’ to play for Napoli (Corriere dello Sport)
Utrecht striker Haller and former Swansea hit-man Paloschi are possible January targets for Lazio (Corriere dello Sport)