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11 Apr 2013

Buffon: “No regrets”

Juve’s captain reflects on tonight’s Champions League exit: “We played to the best of our current ability, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough”

Gigi Buffon insists the Bianconeri have no regrets after pushing Bayern Munich all the way in this evening’s Champions League quarter-final return leg at Juventus Stadium.

The straight talking goalkeeper conceded the Bundesliga champions were the better side over the two legs and backed them to progress even further in this year’s competition.

Commenting after the final whistle, the 35-year-old said: “We don’t have any regrets because we played to the best of our current ability, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. Bayern proved to be superior in all departments - physically, technically and also in terms of experience.

“I knew that they were good, but I didn’t think they were that good. I thought we could hold our own against anyone, especially because we beat Chelsea, who had won the Champions League just four months earlier, against Bayern no less, at the Allianz Arena. But that’s not how it panned out. We were up against a team that has everything it takes to win the competition.

“They’re coming off the back of two Champions League finals in three years and have been playing together for a while, so it’s understandable they’re ahead of us. It seems only fair to pay tribute to them, because this evening they impressed me even more than in Munich. We weren’t on our game at the Allianz Arena, but tonight we were near our best and it still wasn’t enough.”