Tuesday 26th September, 2017
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Bring on Real or Monaco, not Atletico - Buffon begs

Bring on Real or Monaco, not Atletico - Buffon begs

Gialuigi Buffon has revealed Juventus are hoping to avoid Atletico Madrid in today’s Champions League semi-fi­nal draw.

Alongside Real Madrid, the Serie A cham­pions are arguably the favourites to lift the Eu­ropean title after knocking Barcelona out at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday evening.

But the Italian goalkeeper believes the reigning champions would be an easier oppo­nent than Atletico, as Diego Simeone’s men are the only team not distracted by a domestic ti­tle fight.

‘Maybe it’s better to meet Monaco or Real, who will spend significant energy in the fight for the league,’ the 39-year-old said.

‘They would rotate less, compared to Atleti­co, who have a more defined position [in the ta­ble] and can manage themselves.’

Despite a long and stellar career at Juventus, Buffon is still yet to lift the coveted trophy but says his Juventus side can take a lot of confi­dence after shutting out Barcelona over two legs.

Their clean sheet at the Nou Camp, which came as a surprise to Buffon, means the Italian side are yet to concede from open play in this season’s Champions League and makes them the team to avoid for Atletico, Real and Monaco.