Champions League

Buffon hoping to avoid Leicester

2017-03-15 12:06
Gianluigi Buffon (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that he hopes to avoid Leicester City in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

The Foxes, who shocked the world by claiming the Premier League title last season, overcame a first-leg deficit to beat Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate on Tuesday, joining the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich in the last eight.

"I want to avoid Leicester," Buffon told Mediaset Premium. "They have enthusiasm and passion, but also the weapons to hurt a side that wants to take the initiative. We'd have everything to lose against them."

Juventus beat Porto 3-0 on aggregate in their last-16 tie, after a 1-0 win in the second leg on Tuesday.

"All games at this level are tough, regardless of the first leg result and them going down to 10 men here too, the moment the tension drops, you can pay for it," Buffon added.

"We have improved a lot, we gained confidence and that was the objective we had set ourselves five years ago when we started this journey, that Juventus had to be in the top eight of the Champions League every year.

"If you get into the top eight every year for a decade, eventually you are likely to win it."

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