Buffon Really did believe that He Could Win

Goalkeeper Gigi Buffon said he “really did believe” that Juventus could claim the European crown this season after their defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League final. MassimilianoAllegri’s side lost the contest at the Olympiastadion 3-1 on Saturday evening as Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring in the fourth minute before Luis Suarez and Neymar clinched the European Cup following Alvaro Morata’s 55th-minute equalizer. However, Luis Suarez and a last-gasp Neymar counter-attack sealed the score.

While on the net, whether he’s winning or losing, Gianluigi Buffon isn’t one to lose control of his emotions.  “I am a guy who always knows how to handle moments of great joy and disappointment with balance,” the captain told Sky Sport Italia. This is one of the disappointments sport gives you, but before that we shared many great moments of joy with our fans.”

Buffon won the 2006 World Cup in the Olympiastadion in Berlin with Andrea Pirlo, but the midfielder was in tears after the final whistle.

“It was a shame not to have the Final to really finish off this journey, but at one point I really did believe. We are all disappointed and it is in a way very pleasing to see Andrea express his sentiments in such a strong way.”

Unlike the ‘stone-faced’ keeper, Buffon’s teammate Andrea Pirlo could not hide his emotions afterwards. With his career with the Italian champs nearing an end, tears began to flow in the moments after the final whistle, a display of emotion rarely seen from the 36-year-old. Andrea Pirlo let his emotion show at the final whistle, and Buffon said his Italy teammate had nothing to be ashamed of.

Juve goal scorer Morata said he is still confident that Juventus can win the Champions League in the future, despite becoming the first club to ever lose six European Cup finals. “We had the chance to win it, we didn’t take it and I don’t know when this opportunity will return again,” said Morata to the reporters.

“This is a great squad, a great family and we must continue working hard. This team has no limits, it can win the Champions League and the directors are working to build an even stronger side. I want to thank the fans who came out here, as we are honored to wear the jersey for them.”

While Juventus finished off the season having won Serie A and the Coppa Italia, Barcelona completed the treble – their second after their success in the 2008-09 season.