True colours! Buffon thinks chameleons Italy can get it right
His team might have suffered a shock defeat to Costa Rica forcing them into a deciding final group match against Uruguay, but Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon isn't fazed by the importance of the occasion.
After experiencing 10 international tournaments with Italy since the 1998 World Cup, the grizzled veteran goalkeeper, 36, believes history is on the side of the Azzurri.
Apart from that, Buffon believes his "chameleon" teammates can show their true colours and deliver when it matters the most.
Speaking to the media in Natal, the Juventus man said: "This is the 10th international tournament I’m playing in with Italy and in 10 tournaments only once were we already qualified by the third match.
"If I'm not wrong, five times we needed to draw and four times we needed to win. History has not changed so much.
"One of our best qualities is that we are chameleons and I hope this versatility will help us to reach all the results we are aiming for."
With Daniele de Rossi ruled out with a calf injury, coach Cesare Prandelli will have to switch things around for his side, with striker Ciro Immobile in contention to start upfront alongside Mario Balotelli.