"That's why I keep talking about courage, about taking the initiative and go for it when we have the chance", said Sweden coach Janne Andersson.
Italy are set to face-off against Sweden tonight, in a match which the Italians will have to win by an advantage of at least two goals over their opponents if they are to qualify for the World Cup, due to be held next year in Russian Federation.
Buffon has made over 170 appearances for his country and played every minute of the 2006 World Cup triumph in Germany. Gian Piero Ventura will surely need to make some modifications to his lineup after such a poor performance in Stockholm. It would take nothing or add anything to what I have already done.
"We analysed the things that went well and others that did not go so well".
The Scandinavians, though, have stolen a march on Ventura's men with that vital victory in Solna and the 17/20 (1.85) quote for Sweden to qualify could well provide punters with a path to profit ahead of Monday's match in Milan. "I know that's how it works when you are coach of the national team although I didn't expect it to be quite like this".
"It is certainly a moment of high tension, considering what is at stake and the sense of responsibility each of us must bear", said Buffon, who will earn his 175th cap in the San Siro.
"We are not stressed, personally I am focused on the game and I hope fans will support us".
"We want to reach the World Cup, we've been working towards that and after the first leg we haven't changed our minds on that".
"It is an important game for the history of our national team".
"I would love for those who come to the stadium tomorrow to take off their club colours and all wear the Azzurri jersey that unites us all". "Sweden are a solid side and their behaviour will make little difference, it all depends on us", he said.