Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has dismissed talk of his side winning the Scudetto as "crazy", stating that it is much too early to label them as Serie A champions-elect.
The Turin outfit are currently two points ahead of AC Milan and Udinese at the summit of the Italian top flight and are unbeaten after 13 games.
With a tricky fixture to come against an unpredictable Roma side at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday night, the 33-year-old feels that speaking about where his team will end up at the culmination of the season is pointless.
“We need a great deal of calm here,” the Carrara-born keeper told Tuttosport.
“There are too many games to go, including the entire second half of the season.
“The road is too long and I really don’t want to take our fans for a ride. If I said that 'S-word', then I’d be crazy. I’m not just refusing to say it out of false modesty."
Buffon was also quick to remind fans of last season, when Juventus enjoyed a strong start to the campaign but fell away to end up finishing seventh.
“Don’t forget, in December last year we were in second place, then bad luck ran us down. So many injuries, at least six simultaneously, saw our season precipitate," the Italy international warned.
“After all, if we were to lose one or two important players, then we’d have to see if the team could make do without them.
“In those difficult moments, if they come, we can tell how good this squad really is," he concluded.