Gigi Buffon says the Bianconeri are unconcerned about the notoriously heated atmosphere on offer at the Turk Telekom Arena, citing last year’s Celtic game as an ideal example of how to tackle difficult matches in a testing environment.
And the 35-year-old, sat alongside Antonio Conte during this evening’s press conference in Istanbul, believes the team will have to replicate the approach deployed in Glasgow if they are to get the result they are looking for against Galatasaray tomorrow night.
Beginning with a comment on the crowd’s impact, Buffon said: “I’ve never seen a fan score and if it happened tomorrow it should be disallowed, so we’re perfectly calm from that point of view. A lot will depend on our attitude and how we’re able to deal with any difficulties we encounter, a bit like our meeting with Celtic in March.”
The captain approaches the make-or-break tie on the back of a phenomenal run of seven straight Serie A clean sheets, but acknowledges the step up in quality on European nights means the Bianconeri will need to be at their very best defensively.
He added: “When you play games at this level you find yourself up against quality opponents, so the risk of conceding is always there. Galatasaray have world class players up front and so we could have some problems. The important thing is also to have a solution…”