Gianluigi Buffon has predicted a difficult season for defending Serie A champions Juventus after Italian rivals AC Milan, Roma, Inter and Napoli all strengthened.

Juventus are seeking a seventh successive Scudetto in 2017-18 but are set to come up against improved opposition in Milan, Roma, Inter and Napoli.

Speaking after Juve’s penalty shoot-out win over Roma at the International Champions Cup on Sunday, captain Buffon said: “It was a good tour of the US and important for us to find our form towards the start of the season.

“It’ll be very difficult for Juventus this year, because many teams have strengthened, such as Roma, Inter and Milan, while Napoli kept their stars.

“Juve believe in our capabilities, though, in the values that brought us success and think we can still give our best.”

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