Juventus Captain Gianluigi Buffon discussed tomorrow’s Champions League Round of 16 second-leg against Tottenham.
The first-leg ended in a 2-2 draw at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium and the Bianconeri find themselves as underdogs heading into tomorrow’s return-leg.
Buffon spoke to Mediaset Premium ahead of the highly anticipated match.
“Let’s not treat it like a Final, seeing how the last few went,” Buffon joked at the start of the interview as he referred to Juventus’ poor record in the Champions League final. La Vecchia Signora have been defeated in seven of the nine Champions League finals they’ve played in.
“It’s a Round of 16 tie in a magnificent theatre for football and I hope Juve will give our best, because if we act within our capabilities, then we have the opportunity to go through. We need a game as a real team. A team that steps on to the field with a clear character and idea of football. Tomorrow we must call upon all our international experience, individual and as a group”.
Juventus were leading 2-0 within the opening ten minutes of the first-leg, but Le Zebre were shambolic for the remaining 80 minutes as they allowed Spurs to make an unlikely comeback and ‘Super Gigi’ commented on this.
“We faced a strong side, of international level, with good attacking play, however, they are also a team who allow you opportunities to stay in the game and we must be clinical enough to make the most of those chances”.
Italian football is in mourning as on Sunday Fiorentina Captain and Italy International Davide Astori passed away in his sleep. Buffon commented on the loss of his friend.
“We have to go on, because in good times and bad, life allows and obliges you to go on. It was a wonderful spell we had with Davide and we, who are in his same profession, must have extra motivation to step on to the field in his name”.