Wednesday February 13 2013
Buffon pays tribute to Celtic

Juventus captain Gigi Buffon has admitted that the 3-0 scoreline doesn’t really reflect how tough Celtic made it for them in Glasgow.

The Old Lady have taken a commanding first leg advantage in their last 16 Champions League tie, but the goalkeeper has underlined that it certainly wasn’t easy for his side.

“If you didn't watch the game then you might think we cruised to victory,” the Italian international commented.

“We have to be honest though as the game hinged on a couple of decisive moments. But it's a positive sign that things went our way and also that we took our chances.”

Juve took the lead early on through Alessandro Matri. They then kept Celtic out before striking late with Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic.

“Celtic are an excellent side and they showed that,” the former Parma man noted.

“We set out to attack them, but struggled to get into our rhythm so we had to settle for what we could manage, which was to defend well and break forward on the counter.

“We did a great job of it too – we were clinical and ruthless.

“Are we already through? It's not good for us to be too relaxed. We must remain focused and keep showing Celtic the respect they deserve.”