Cape Town - Gianluigi
Buffon is delighted to have reached another Champions League final but
now says just getting there is "not enough anymore".
The 39-year-old was in goal as Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the
2015 final at Berlin's Olympiastadion and didn't expect to have another
shot at European glory.
But following a comprehensive 4-1 aggregate win over Monaco in the
semi-finals, the veteran captain and his cohorts will now face one of
Real or Atletico Madrid in Cardiff on June 3.
Goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves at the Juventus Stadium on
Tuesday night set up a third career final for Buffon and his second in
jut three years.
And he said after the game: "Everyone thought it was my last final
two years ago - I thought it might be too but I never gave up hope
because you have to keep believing in your dreams and in what you do
right down to the very last day.
"I'm delighted because I'm going into it in good form, but of course
I'd never have got another chance if I didn't play for a great team and
didn't have my team-mates to help me.
"It's actually happening now. It was no easy feat, mind, despite our
2-0 lead from the first leg. If we'd gone into the game and been cocky
about it, we'd have had a really hard time.
"It was still very tough but if you maintain the right attitude and
you're prepared to scrap for it then you can overcome the difficult
"We're going to Cardiff now but we can't say we've achieved our target yet because reaching the final is not enough anymore."