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Thursday December 15 2011
No chip on Buffon shoulder

Juventus’ Gigi Buffon has insisted that he wouldn’t have been annoyed with Francesco Totti had the Roman tried a cheeky chip penalty against him on Monday.

The Italian international denied Totti from the spot after diving to his right following the captain’s decision to go for power rather than his previously seen delicacy.

“I wouldn’t have got angry had he decided to chip in the penalty,” the Bianconero told Sky Sport Italia on Thursday.

“That’s a very technical trick to pull off and it would have taken great courage. We’ve been friends for 15 years so I wouldn’t have been hacked off.

“He took the penalty like he normally does. Had he aimed it in the other direction then it would have gone in.”

Buffon is not widely recognised as a penalty saving expert, even if he’s unclear why such a view is held.

“Right now there are goalkeepers like Udinese’s Samir Handanovic and Stefano Sorrentino of Chievo who are doing mad things with penalties.

“However, I think I’ve saved about the right amount throughout my career so far.”

The former Parma player was also asked for his thoughts on Milan’s proposed swoop of Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez.

“Tevez would certainly improve the Milan attack, even if they don’t really have any issues in that sector as it is.”

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