Gigi Buffon admits Juventus’ defeat to Bayern Munich “was probably my worst performance in the Champions League. It’s not easy being Buffon.”
The goalkeeper was stunned by a deflected David Alaba shot within the first 30 seconds of the quarter-final, then only parried another effort for Thomas Muller’s second.
“Many of us played badly that night, myself included,” Buffon told L’Equipe newspaper in France.
“It was probably my worst performance in my Champions League career. I am one of the most experienced in the squad, so perhaps my performance affected that of my teammates.”
Today Bayern Munich honorary President Franz Beckenbauer apologised for “offence” caused when saying Buffon looked like a pensioner.
“I have nothing to say. This is a man who wrote the history of this sport, he works for a great club and I respect him.
“I have been playing football for 18 years and I can tell you one thing: It’s not easy being Gianluigi Buffon!
“Whenever I make a mistake, people talk about it for a week to 10 days, it’s as if the ground beneath our feet is shaking! On the other hand, at least that means people expect very high standards of me.”
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