Gianluigi Buffon says he is satisfied with a point from this evening’s goalless stalemate with Fiorentina at the Artemio Franchi, earned at a notoriously difficult venue for the Bianconeri.
Speaking to reporters in Florence, the captain began: "Tonight’s result was a fair point, especially on a difficult away day such as this one, as history would testify."
The starting line-up for this evening featured several changes from Sunday’s win over Torino and Buffon believes the squad rotation shown by Massimiliano Allegri is an absolute must if they are to remain competitive on several fronts.
“If a team considers itself to be great it needs to have a squad that can handle absences and give players the chance to take a breather. We played with the type of personality that’s required for these kinds of games, forgetting what happened last year.”
Thoughts now turn to the Bianconeri’s crucial Champions League Group A clash against Atletico Madrid, with the goalkeeper believing an element of balance is required when assessing the team’s progress in the competition over recent years.
“We mustn’t be doom-mongers when analysing our last few seasons in the Champions League: the first year we went out at the quarter-finals against the European champions, last year we weren't at the races while this season after a faltering start in which we fell to two undeserved defeats, we now have a match point at home to get through to the knockout stages.”
Buffon concluded by paying tribute to Massimiliano Allegri’s approach on the training ground, stating his humility, patience and intelligence have facilitated a seamless transition for the new coach.
“I think he’s shown the humility to fit into the group and the patience to make changes, leading us to buy into his ideas and style of football. He’s an intelligent person and showing himself to be a very capable coach.”