Club captain Gianluigi Buffon summed up the team’s delight at winning their third consecutive Scudetto when speaking to the media at the Bianconeri’s pre-match base in Piedmont.
The 36-year-old began: “It’s the second time I’ve won the Scudetto in this way, the last one came ten years ago. In all honesty it’s more satisfying to achieve it out there on the pitch after giving everything you’ve got both physically and mentally. But in the end winning always provides plenty of happiness and satisfaction.”
When asked to pick out two pivotal moments in this season’s title race, Buffon had no hesitation over his answer.
“Sassuolo was an important step, as was Genoa, the game decided by Pirlo’s magnificent free-kick. It was a tough encounter that Genoa perhaps deserved better from, but we managed to produce the decisive blow that assured us we could go all the way and get our hands on the trophy.”
The captain concluded with a word of praise for the Bianconeri’s closest rivals Roma, who pushed them all the way throughout a record-breaking campaign.
“I think Italian football needs to thank Roma for what they’ve done, how they’ve played and the rivals they have been. If this season’s championship has been so wonderful and there are many talking points to analyse, it’s also down to them.”