La Nazionale have arrived in South Africa following a 10-hour flight from Milan. Sceptics have continued to raise questions over the Italians’ chances, and Buffon feels the players will only draw on the positives.
“There was some tension because the appointment is getting nearer. People say we are finished? This can only please us because it means we have nothing to lose,” Buffon told Il Giornale.
Buffon remembers the triumph of 2006, but claimed too much focus on it could be detrimental to chances of success in South Africa because of its extra weight on the players.
“[It was] the biggest emotion, but also fear is repeating the emotions of four years ago,” he continued.
“I think we need an optimal psychological situation to be able to support this.”
Despite fierce competition from the likes of Brazil, Spain, Argentina and England, Buffon remains confident.
“There are great national teams out there, but if you want to progress you have to meet them.
“But this Azzurri group knows what it wants and we have clear ideas,” he concluded.