Saturday May 3 2014
Buffon: 'Benfica didn't humiliate Juve'

Gigi Buffon maintains Juventus were beaten “but not annihilated” by Benfica in the Europa League.

The Bianconeri went out of the semi-final 2-1 on aggregate after a goalless second leg in Turin on Thursday.

“These were two very balanced games and in boxing terms we deserved more on points,” the goalkeeper told Sky Sport Italia.

“They were two matches in which the details made the difference in these cases you can win or, as happened to us, you can lose.

“We were not humiliated or made people change their view of us. We played on a par with Benfica. They did well to go through, but we were not annihilated.

“Benfica are a side who, if I’m not wrong, are sixth in the European club rankings and yet we played at the same level and probably deserved to qualify. We have to compliment them for their progress.”

Benfica will play the Europa League Final against Sevilla at the Juventus Stadium on May 14.

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