Monday April 25 2016
Buffon: ‘Scudetto for Marchisio’

Gigi Buffon dedicates Juventus’ Scudetto to Claudio Marchisio and says “I think I can play for another two years”.

The Bianconeri mathematically secured a fifth title in a row this afternoon, as Napoli lost to Roma following the Turin side’s win over Fiorentina last night.

The goalkeeper earlier described this as the most beautiful of his 9 Serie A titles, and has now dedicated the win to Marchisio, who is out with a cruciate ligament injury.

“A dedication?” Buffon considered in an interview with 90 minuto on Rai Sport.

“For Claudio Marchiso first and foremost, then to the group, the squad, the club and the fans.

“This is the most beautiful Scudetto because if the first [of the five, in 2012] was exciting because it was unexpected, this is exciting because it was so difficult.

“We’ve shown technical and moral values which aren’t found in many teams. We had the idea of making a comeback even when we were 15th, but to do that we had to get our hands dirty and have pride.

“Thoughts and words are abstract things if you don’t have a group with pride and dignity ready to absorb those messages.

“That determination was part of this group, from my young teammates who have integrated well to the older players with lots of chemistry we’ve been able to write pages in football history.”

Buffon broke the record for the longest time without conceding this season, but is still planning to hang up his gloves after the 2018 World Cup.

“My record was a good period that I lived and shared with my teammates. If I wasn’t playing in a great team I’d never have been able to achieve a record like that.

“Eternal thanks are due to them then, because they helped me to write an important personal chapter. We have to talk about the group though.

“The Champions League? I think I can play for another two years, it’s clear that if I didn’t have the ambition in my head then I’d have already stopped.

“I think I’m a pretty balanced person when it comes to achieving my goals, and I don’t think I’ve ever failed with my performance on the pitch so far.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about the Coppa Italia final against Milan.

“It’s an important trophy that we won last year after many years,” Buffon noted.

“At Juve I’ve lost a lot of finals in this competition, and now we have to get ready for a challenge like the one in Rome, even if Milan can beat anyone in a one-off game.”

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