Sunday May 4 2014
Buffon: 'Different, but wonderful'

Gigi Buffon is one of the few Juventus players with experience of winning a title without playing. “It’s different, but still wonderful.”

The Bianconeri have started the Scudetto party already after Roma’s 4-1 defeat to Catania, making their result against Atalanta tomorrow night irrelevant.

“It is the second time I’ve won a Scudetto without playing, as it happened about 10 years ago. It’s different, a special sensation, but still wonderful,” the goalkeeper told Mediaset Premium.

“Of course I prefer the satisfaction of winning on the field, that moment the whistle blows and you have given everything you’ve got, both physical and psychological.”

Buffon reveals he knew Juve had it made over a month ago with their last-gasp 1-0 win in Genoa.

“We had gone through so many scares in that game and Genoa probably deserved more, but we managed to bring out that Andrea Pirlo free kick from nowhere that gave us confidence. We knew that we could push forward and put our hands on the Scudetto.”

Roma seemed listless and unmotivated this afternoon, aware the title was going to Juve on Monday anyway.

“In general all of Italian football should thank Roma for the way they played this season and kept the title race alive. On many occasions this term they truly impressed me.

“We weren’t certain we could achieve our targets because they were so strong and confident that it frightened us, so I think the credit goes to them for pushing everyone harder.”

Next season both Roma and Juve will be in the Champions League, while Napoli go via a preliminary round.

“I think that when you don’t have the economic power of other clubs, it is important to be inventive and find the courage to dare,” concluded Buffon.

“These are the only ways I know for us to bridge the huge economic gap.”

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