Buffon: Conte the right coach for Italy

The legendary goalkeeper is confident the ex-Juventus coach, whom he worked with for three years at club level, can get the 2006 world champions back to winning ways

Gianluigi Buffon is confident Antonio Conte is the right man to get Italy back on track following a disappointing World Cup.

Conte was named as Cesare Prandelli's successor last month and will take charge of his country for the first time in a friendly against Netherlands in Bari on Thursday.

Buffon knows all about Conte's qualities, having worked under the 45-year-old coach during his successful spell at Juventus, and the veteran goalkeeper is in no doubt that Conte has all of the ingredients to be a success on the international stage.

"Conte is a perfectionist - a coach and a man who believes in discipline and rules," Buffon told reporters.

"At a historic moment like this I think he was the only one who, in such a short time, can have the strength to drag us back up.

"I see him as we saw him at Juve - he has very clear ideas, communicating ideas without any possibility of being misunderstood.

"I believe that our players need this type of guidance. I see him as really confident, calm, energetic - he's the right man."