Gianluigi Buffon said Paris Saint-Germain “made it seem easy” after beating Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford and thought back to his other experiences here.
The shot-stopper kept a clean sheet in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16, with a victory secured by Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe despite missing the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani.
“We made it seem easy by putting everything we had into those 90 minutes, the unity that is fundamental in this competition. We took some risks, but they allowed us to breathe when under pressure and break their attempt at pressing,” Buffon told Sky Sport Italia.
“In such a balanced tie, that is worth so much.”
Buffon became only the fourth player to feature in the Champions League at the age of 41, so is this a hint that PSG should activate the extension clause in his contract?
“The contract is not a thought in my mind, to be honest. I just want to keep enjoying my football, being useful to the club and my teammates, whether on the field or if needed off it.
“It has never been a problem for me to deal with a contract when I was 30 years old, let alone 41.”
Old Trafford had bad memories for Buffon, as he famously lost the Champions League Final here on penalties to Milan after Juventus were held to a 0-0 draw in 2003.
“Certainly, it has helped. Technically, I kept a clean sheet in that Final too… But considering how many players we were missing and others not in great shape, it was great to win here in these circumstances.”
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Football Italia staff