Italy goalkeeper Gigi Buffon concedes it will be tough to beat Germany – but he believes in his Euro 2012 dream.
The Germans will start as favourites in Thursday’s semi-final between the two sides, but the Juventus custodian says the Azzurri will give it their all.
“We want to move forward towards our dream,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “Germany look like an insurmountable obstacle. They may be, but now that we are here, we have to push even more.
“There comes a time in life when there remains nothing to do but to go down your own path and follow your dreams – this is a duty of every individual.
“Too often we are addicted and numb from the negativity that surrounds us, too often we are resigned to a fate that others will want to assign, we almost always stop dreaming when we reach the age of maturity or upon reaching a certain position and a job that gives us independence, but does not stimulate our imagination and our senses.
“As a child I dreamed of becoming a footballer, as a kid I dreamed of becoming the goalkeeper of the national team and Juventus.
“At around 20 I wanted to win the Scudetto, when I arrived at 25 I wanted the Champions League and the World Cup, at 30 to win back the title with Juventus and the European Championship.”
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