Gigi Buffon played a decisive role in guaranteeing the Bianconeri’s sixth consecutive Serie A clean sheet with a virtuoso display between the posts during tonight’s 1-0 win over Udinese at Juventus Stadium.
The Bianconeri captain led by example throughout an evenly-matched 90 minutes in Turin, displaying his razor sharp reflexes to pull off magnificent saves from Antonio Di Natale and Andrea Lazzari as the visitors threatened to cause an upset.
And his interventions proved even more crucial when Fernando Llorente pounced at the death to wrap up three points which could bear an important significance in the race for this year’s Scudetto title.
Speaking after the game, the 35-year-old talked up the importance of tonight’s success: “Some victories are worth double and this definitely seems like six points gained. When you’re a top side you sometimes have to face teams who give you a real test on your own patch, but if the goalkeeper is one of your strong points then he has to show it.
“The experiment with the youngsters in the stands? It was nice to fill the area, playing with empty seats isn’t a good advert for football. The kids supported us all the way and allowed us to play at 18.30, a definite bonus given the current cold temperatures.”