Tuesday September 18 2012
Buffon: 'Juve suited to Europe'

Gianluigi Buffon assured Juventus will give Champions League holders Chelsea a battle. “I think our philosophy of football is more suitable to European competition.”

The goalkeeper attended a Press conference ahead of tomorrow night’s return to the European main stage at Stamford Bridge.

“We have more awareness of our potential than we did in 2009,” he said of Juve’s last foray into the Champions League.

“Before we would rely on individual champions, but now we are more and more becoming an effective unit.

“Naturally, Chelsea’s players have a lot more combined Champions League experience than we do right now, so we are to be considered underdogs.

“However, there are three or four sides who are the favourites to win the trophy and I would put Juventus in the group just behind them.”

Juventus won the Scudetto unbeaten last season and dominated Italian football, but Buffon does not fear the change of competition.

“I think our philosophy of football is actually more suitable for European competition than Serie A. Last season’s Scudetto win was EPIC,” he grinned.

“Re-entering the Champions League as the champions of Italy gives us pride and confidence. We are fully aware that we must prove we are competitive.”