Wednesday February 26 2014
Buffon: 'We take Europa seriously'

Gianluigi Buffon insisted Juventus are “taking the Europa League seriously” and condemned Superga banners.

The Bianconeri won the first leg against Trabzonspor 2-0 and play in Turkey on Thursday evening.

“Of course we are taking the Europa League serious. We can achieve some important things and at the end of the day you can never win too much,” said the goalkeeper in his Press conference.

“If we go forward, it would also allow us to gain confidence and guarantees that at times we have been lacking at this level.

“Trabzonspor goalkeeper Onur Kivrak often puts in a series of great performances and shows how brave he can be when coming out, while he also starts moves from the back. He is one of their main strengths.

“Our fans showed in the first leg how much they cared about this trophy with a response that sometimes we haven’t even had in certain Champions League games.

“That means the same winning mentality the Coach has drilled into us also now belongs to the fans. It needs a little more humility to get back into Europe’s football elite and the supporters showed us they are standing right behind us even if we’re not in the Champions League.”

However, Buffon had harsh words for those ultras who held up banners mocking the Superga tragedy during the Turin Derby.

“Respect must be total. It’s ‘rest in peace,’ so let’s try at least not to annoy the dead. If we are to improve the sporting spirit in Italy, then we’ve got to get respect into people’s heads.”