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16 Sep 2013

Buffon eager to chase “dream” silverware

The goalkeeper has his eyes on the prize as Juventus prepare to embark on this season’s European journey: “Managing to win the Champions League would be hugely satisfying, not from a personal point of view, but for the whole environment here: fans, club and team-mates. It's a shared dream"

Gigi Buffon believes the concept of winning the Champions League represents an “exceptional” achievement in European club football.  

The 35-year-old, speaking on the eve of the Bianconeri’s Group B bow against defending Danish Superliga champions FC Copenhagen, has lifted plenty of accolades throughout his illustrious career – but continues to be eluded by Europe’s greatest club competition.

Yet the World Cup winner refuted suggestions that he would regard a Champions League victory as a personal accomplishment, instead preferring to focus on the joy it would bring to everyone connected with the club.   

Addressing the media at Parken Stadium, the Juventus captain began: “Winning a Champions League is an exceptional achievement, and something that hasn’t happened too often for us and other great teams. Managing to lift the trophy would be hugely satisfying, not from a personal point of view, but for the whole environment here: fans, club and team-mates.”

Buffon will aim to get the Bianconeri off to a dream start when he leads the team out in tomorrow night’s opening fixture in Demark.

And whilst admitting the side has been strengthened by two successful years and the club’s strong work in the transfer market, the Azzurri international insists Juventus must do their talking on the pitch.     

“I’m intrigued to see if we’re able to follow up the good things we did last year and improve the results we managed to gain. On paper you could say we’ve developed since then.

“We’ve got two important years behind us and the club have strengthened the team in the transfer market. But proof of this can only come from what happens on the pitch and it will be our enthusiasm and desire to keep surprising that will confirm this feeling.”