Wednesday September 19 2012
Buffon: 'Juve are competitive'

Gianluigi Buffon complimented Oscar on his goal and noted Juventus have already won by “proving we’re competitive and a side to be respected.”

The Bianconeri returned to the Champions League for the first time since 2009-10 and fought back from 2-0 down to hold Chelsea after Oscar’s brace.

“Oscar turned on a sixpence and put the ball under the bar. I won’t say it’s nice to concede a goal, but it’s still nice to be a part of a great goal like that. Compliments to him,” laughed Buffon.

“Clearly we are all happy to have equalised away to the reigning champions, but analysing the game we were 2-0 down in a fairly unexpected way, as we had been playing on a par with Chelsea. The fact we were 2-0 down was harsh considering the performances of the two teams.

“The statistics say we aren’t keeping clean sheets at the moment. As long as it’s three or four games, that is one thing, but if this run stretches on then that is a warning sign we ought to work on.

“It went the way I expected, not better or worse. In order to not disappoint and to confirm its belief, the team had to make this performance.

“We could’ve lost 2-1 playing like this and that still would’ve been proof Juventus are competitive and a side to be respected. That is a very important ‘trophy’ we won last season.”

There were over 3,000 Bianconeri supporters at Stamford Bridge and they often drowned out the home fans.

“We do sense the enthusiasm of the fans. I am one of the few left who went through the past success and the six years of decline. I can assure you, six years is a lot.

“Throughout that time we dreamed of winning a Scudetto and winning back the respect of teams in Europe. That doesn’t necessarily mean lifting the trophy, but having our say on this stage again.

“It is certainly difficult, if not impossible, to win the Champions League this season. It would also be a very arrogant thing to consider in September.

“We reinforced our squad with important elements and it is allowing us to play every game our way – with a high tempo and lots of quality, trying to impose our football on the opposition.

“If we can keep this up throughout the season, then of course we can look to building on it. The difference between a victory and defeat can often be the size of an upright or a deflection, as Chelsea saw last season.”