Cape Town - Juventus
goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is preparing for what could be his final
season in the Champions League, and he’s hoping for a tour of Europe’s
Ahead of Thursday’s group stage draw in Monaco, Juve’s potential
opponents include Barcelona and Manchester United in pot three, and
Celtic in pot four.
"Playing in the Champions League allows you to experience some of the
most exciting stadiums in Europe and when you are younger you take that
for granted as there are many more opportunities ahead of you," Buffon
said, via the Daily Record.
"But as you get older you realise there are things you perhaps won’t experience again.
"I want to test myself at the Bernabeu and Camp Nou again, I want to
play in another special evening game at Old Trafford. I want to
experience the electric atmosphere of Celtic Park once more.
"Hopefully I can experience some of those things again - but the reality is that some of them I won’t."
Now 39, Buffon is expected to retire after Italy’s involvement at the
2018 World Cup in Russia, making this his final chance to win Europe’s
top club competition.
"I will not see my career as incomplete if I do not win the Champions
League," Buffon added. "I have won too much with Juventus and Italy to
look at it like that - but it still remains a big dream for me.
"The way I look at it is that I have one more year on my contract so I
have one more chance to lift the trophy. It will not be easy - but we
are ready to fight again.
"If we win the Champions League I will continue to play one more
season so I can also try to win the World Club Cup and other trophies."