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Juve sent ´strong message´, says Buffon

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says his side’s 2-0 win over Bologna should stand as a warning to their Serie A rivals.

Goals from Mirko Vucinic and Claudio Marchisio saw Juve to the win and moved them 12 points clear in the league.

Speaking after the game, Buffon said while his team’s form is ominous, the season is far from over.

“There are still a lot of important games left to play,” the 35-year-old told Juventus.com.

“But we sent out a strong message this evening.

“Much like last Sunday (a 1-0 win over Catania), it was a contest which was worth more than the three points on offer.”

Juve were able to stretch their advantage over Napoli, who play Atalanta on Sunday, and the importance of the win was not lost on goalscorer Marchisio.

“It’s an important victory which allows us to go into the break with the points we were after,” the 27-year-old Italian said.

“Now we’ve got the international break and then we’ll take on Inter, bolstered by a strong advantage in the table.”

The midfielder also reflected on the Champions League quarter-final draw, which saw Juve drawn against four-time winners Bayern Munich.

“They (Bayern) are the strongest team in Europe alongside Barcelona and Real, but we’re experiencing the Champions League campaign with great joy,” he said.

“We know about their strengths, but we’ll go to Munich without fear.”

Sun 17 March, 2013
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