Buffon praises Juve rejuvination

Team of the Week – Matchday 12

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon believes the time was right for the club to overhaul their squad following their Supercoppa Italiana win over Lazio on Sunday.

New signings Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala scored on their competitive debuts as the new-look Bianconeri claimed a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Biancocelesti at the Shanghai Stadium.

The duo, alongside fellow new arrivals Sami Khedira, Simone Zasa and Daniele Rugani are viewed as replacements for the now departed Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez, and Buffon believes their squad has the quality to challenge for their fifth straight Serie A title.

"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 after the game in China.

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

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