Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon praises winning mentality

Juventus players celebrate
Juventus beat Genoa 1-0 on Sunday, with Carlos Tevez scoring the goal

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says Juventus have rediscovered their "winning mentality" as they closed on a fourth successive Serie A title with a 1-0 win over Genoa.

The Turin side, chasing a treble, lead Roma by 14 points with 10 games left.

"Battling is the culture of this group, the club and our history," he said.

"It's part of our DNA and although we'd lost our way, we were able to regain a winning mentality and conviction during these last three and a half years."

Captain Buffon, 37, stayed with the club when they were demoted to Serie B in 2006 for their part in a match-fixing scandal.

He helped them win promotion as champions immediately, but it took another five years for them to win Serie A again.

Buffon praised coach Massimiliano Allegri, who was appointed in the summer after Antonio Conte had led them to three titles in a row.

"The boss made one of the most courageous decisions someone in football could have made," he said.

"Coming to a club like Juventus who had won three consecutive titles, implementing your own brand of football and still obtaining such results is something you can only take your hat off to."

Juventus face Monaco in the Champions League quarter-finals, and Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia semi-finals.

"The players deserve the credit," former AC Milan boss Allegri said.

"The club is a solid foundation, we're enjoying an excellent season. We'll look to end this league campaign on a high, get to the Champions League semis and then who knows?"

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