Juventus’ performance against Barcelona took Gianluigi Buffon by surprise as the iconic goalkeeper didn’t anticipate to maintain a clean sheet at Camp Nou en route towards the Champions League semi-finals.
It was the Good Wall of Turin in Barcelona as Juventus held the Spanish champions to a goalless draw in Wednesday’s return leg, which confirmed a 3-0 aggregate quarter-final loss for the hosts.
Just after completing a amazing comeback courtesy of a 6-1 second-leg victory more than Paris Saint-Germain in the final 16, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were neutralised by Juve trio Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli as captain Buffon heaped praise on the five-time reigning Serie A winners.
“Aside in the result, the belief and character of our approach was fantastic and it is a superb self-confidence booster to qualify comfortably against what remains in all probability the top group on the planet,” Buffon told Mediaset Premium and RSI.
“I did believe we had a very good chance of qualification soon after the 3-0 very first leg result, but I honestly did not believe we would come to Camp Nou and hold a clean sheet. Whenever you face a side like this, with their attacking selections, you think that 1 or two ambitions are generally going to be scored.
“The fact we stopped Barcelona scoring more than 180 minutes of football means we seriously are solid.
“Our development procedure began several years ago and demands to continue. It undoubtedly cannot just stop or plateau soon after this victory. It is down to us now, our destiny is in our own hands for no matter whether we can boost. On the subject of the trophy, fate includes a hand in that, also.
“Aside from our determination, that is traditionally a part of the Juventus identity, we’re becoming more ‘European’ by pressing, proving unsafe in attack and controlling the game more than we did in previous years.
“If we make on that a lot more, and continue to evolve, then we can develop into a genuinely excellent team.”