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10 Mar 2013

Buffon lauds important success

The goalkeeper reflects on the bearing of today’s 1-0 victory over Catania at Juventus Stadium

Gigi Buffon did not try to hide the importance of today’s 1-0 victory against Catania and admitted that seeing the score updates from Napoli’s game served as added motivation, knowing that the match had taken on the form of a six-pointer.

Speaking to the media in the aftermath of this afternoon’s dramatic encounter at Juventus Stadium, the Juve shotstopper began by stressing the importance of keeping a clean sheet in tight games.

The 35-year-old said: “Given that Catania’s attackers are very dangerous, it was important not to concede a goal, because 0-0 would still have taken us seven points clear of Napoli. Also, if you don’t concede, something can always happen at the death.

“We tried and believed right until the end and managed to get the victory. But now we need to stay alert because the last time we increased our advantage, we slipped up the following Sunday.”

The Bianconeri skipper went on to discuss the strengths of the group as a whole and descriptions of him as a ‘leader’.

“I don’t really like that word because it can imply that someone is overbearing. I prefer to be charismatic. This means that you’ve earned the respect of others.

“The great thing about us is that the group is made up of charismatic people, who can dig us out of a hole at any moment.”