Post subject: Buffon: Juventus-Bayern Munich like a semi-final
22. Feb 2016, 21:25
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| Ahead of their Champions League Round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich, Gianluigi Buffon has confessed that Juventus are faced with a daunting task in trying to get the better of the Bavarians.
The last time the Bianconeri faced the Bundesliga outfit, they were knocked out of the quarter-finals thanks to a 4-0 aggregate scoreline in 2013.
Against the reigning German champions, Buffon is expecting another tough match but still fancies his side’s chances to shock the Bundesliga outfit.
“I’m expecting a complicated game,” the Juve captain told the press. “Bayern are a strong side without many weaknesses.
“They dominate domestically and are one of the favourites to win the competition. Bayern are one of the best teams in Europe.
“But Juve are on the rise and we have consolidated our standing in terms of Champions League pedigree. We are more aware now compared to the last time we met Bayern, and so it’ll be different come Tuesday.
“We will try to go out and make sure we are still in it by the time the second leg comes around. This is like a semi-final in terms of the how tough a match it’ll be.”
Buffon has also singled out former teammates Arturo Vidal and Kingsley Coman, as well as opposite number Manuel Neuer for praise.
“Vidal is a great player and has added something extra to the spine of Bayern’s team,” Buffon said. “Coman has improved a lot and is a very talented player. Tomorrow they are enemies but once the final whistle blows we’ll go back to being friends.
“I’ve seen many good goalkeepers and Neuer belongs in that category. When it comes to the position, there aren’t many better ones I can think of.”