Saturday December 21 2019
Buffon: 'Lazio defeat helped Juve'

Gigi Buffon insists the 3-1 loss to Lazio has helped Juventus, as they meet again in the Supercoppa. “We’ve rediscovered the enthusiasm that we lost.”

The Old Lady face the Biancocelesti just two weeks after the pair clashed in Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico, and Buffon says Juve are well aware of how good they are.

“It didn’t go as we wanted two weeks ago, but we didn’t deserve to lose. That defeat was the result of negative incidents, on occasions there were games that we didn’t deserve to win and we did so in the 94th minute,” Buffon told the Corriere dello Sport.

Lazio sit third in Serie A and are just six points behind leaders Juve, with a game in hand.

“They are an excellent team that has great qualities and important individuals. In the last third of the pitch they are very dangerous. We respect our opponents, but I am sure that they too respect us.

“We rediscovered that enthusiasm that was lost after the defeat against Lazio. Returning to the top of the table, and showing great desire.”

Buffon equalled Paolo Maldini’s record for the most appearances in Serie A history against Sampdoria on Wednesday, with both tied on 647 games.

“It was an honour. If I continue to play it is because of these emotions. But for now I don’t think of records. I just want to concentrate on the Super Cup.

“I don’t expect anything in particular with regards to my future. I will behave as always by putting my experience at the service of the team and my teammates.

“In the locker room relationships have been created that have united us and helped us to overcome adversity. Myself, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli are like brothers, but now also Miralem Pjanic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain are fundamental to the group.”

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