Saturday May 11 2013
Buffon: 'Proud to lift trophy'

Gianluigi Buffon lifted the first Scudetto trophy as captain today. “I’m happy to be important for the fans and my team.”

Last season it was Alessandro Del Piero who held the silverware aloft, but this time round the presentation concluded with Buffon wearing the captain’s armband.

“I am happy to be a man who is important for the fans and my team,” said the goalkeeper.

“What of the future? I don’t take any other clubs into consideration. When you win for two years in a row, it means there are many important players in the side who could become captain one day. We’ve got people like Giorgio Chiellini, Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal or even Leonardo Bonucci.

“I am sure Antonio Conte will remain, as he has black and white blood running through his veins. In order to win the Champions League we’d have to improve to the level of Bayern Munich, who at the moment are above everyone else.

“The problem is that all the other teams will also try to raise the bar, so it’d be extremely difficult. In any case, the Champions League can also depend on minor incidents, like the draw, one save or one goal.”

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