Tuesday October 9 2018
Buffon: ‘Madrid-Juve was a dream’

Gianluigi Buffon insists last season’s Real Madrid-Juventus game was “a dream” despite his red card in injury time.

The Bianconeri had overturned a 3-0 defeat in the first leg in Turin, and looked to be heading for extra-time.

However, Medhi Benatia gave away a last-gasp penalty to which the goalkeeper reacted furiously, earning him a red card from referee Michael Oliver.

Today the 40-year-old answered questions from fans on his Instagram story, and he was asked for the stadium which most excited him.

“There are a lot of them,” Buffon replied.

“Definitely Anfield, in Liverpool, that was one of the few stadiums - along with Rangers in Glasgow and Fenerbahce in Istanbul - where there was such commotion for the first 15-20 minutes that I had trouble concentrating.

“The matches I won’t forget are my Parma debut against Milan, many other matches with Parma like the UEFA Cup win, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana.

“With Juventus there’s the semi-final win over Real Madrid in 2003.

“And, ignoring the epilogue which I didn’t want, Real Madrid-Juventus last year, when I was sent off, was a dream game, one every player dreams of playing in.

“It was emotional because, despite everything that was against us, we tried to make it a quarter-final. And we did it. The epilogue wasn’t the best, but I’ve never felt the sensations I did on that dream night.

“The best game? Every final is pure emotion, but if I have to say one I’d say the World Cup final, even if that’s slightly predictable.”

Another fan asked Buffon for his best ever saves.

“I'll say 3: Italy-Paraguay, Parma-Inter on Recoba, Italy-Gemany on Podolski.”

The legendary goalkeeper moved to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, and was asked how his life in France is going.

“It's new, interesting and engaging,” Buffon replied.

“It [playing abroad] is an experience I was lacking and I’m glad I’ve done it.

“Do I still talk to my Juventus teammates? Of course, especially with [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Leonardo] Bonucci and [Andrea] Barzagli, with whom I shared many years with both Juventus and the national team.

“They’re real, important friends as well as great players.”

What will Buffon do when he does eventually hang up his gloves?

“Honestly I haven’t decided yet. I’d like to stay in football, as I believe the experience of we players can be an added bonus to help things improve.”