Sunday March 25 2012
Buffon hails Del Piero

Gigi Buffon admits Milan’s victory spurred Juventus on to beat Inter and praised Alessandro Del Piero.

The Bianconeri needed a win to maintain the four-point gap from leaders Milan, who won 2-1 against Roma on Saturday.

“I like it when we play later, especially when the other team has won, because it adds that little spark of anxiety that I enjoy,” said Buffon after a 2-0 win over Inter.

“Historically the Derby d’Italia is a special game, but we were also playing to win so we could keep our hopes alive of troubling the side ahead of us. If we had failed to win tonight, those hopes would’ve been wiped out.

“This way we can still push to end the season on a high.”

Buffon performed heroics in the first half before Martin Caceres and Del Piero scored the winning goals.

“Inter played very well for 60 minutes and Claudio Ranieri put us under a lot of pressure. I am very happy for Del Piero, who obviously deserves this goal.

“He is a great champion, but I’d like to point out how wonderfully professional Ale has been this year. He accepted this role and never made any trouble or controversy, working hard in training and repaying the Coach when called upon.”