Gianluigi Buffon believes that the Bianconeri have more than enough to match the German champions at Juventus Stadium while stressing the importance of taking a first-leg lead to Munich
When December’s Champions League draw pitted Italian champions Juventus against German champions Bayern Munich, few contested that the tie would stand out as one of the most eye-catching encounters of the round.
Two and a half months later, Gianluigi Buffon stands among those anticipating a fascinating affair on Tuesday night, pointing primarily to the Bavarians’ excellent European pedigree and his own team’s magnificent recent form as proof in this evening’s pre-match press conference at Juventus Stadium.
A veteran of several Champions League campaigns and eight previous meetings with Bayern, Buffon expects to see a much tighter tie than the quarter-final duel of three years ago that saw the Germans advance 4-0 on aggregate.
“It is certainly going to be a very tough game against what is a very strong Bayern side with few, if any, obvious weaknesses,” the captain began. “As for ourselves though, we’ve grown enormously already over the course of this season and I think we’ll be able to approach this tie with more self-assurance and confidence than we did three years ago.
“Bayern were almost unstoppable that year and deservedly went on to win the trophy. Losing 2-0 in both legs was disappointing but by no means an indication of our own weaknesses.”