Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon insists he needs to keep demonstrating his value to the team following his excellent performance against Barcelona in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg.
The Italian international kept a clean sheet as Massimiliano Allegri's side claimed a 3-0 victory over the Catalans to leave them firmly in the driving seat going into next week's second leg at the Nou Camp.
Gianluigi Buffon in the Champions League this season:
7 clean sheets ⛔️
2 goals conceded
Still world class. pic.twitter.com/lK729eCBMV
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With Buffon just a year away from his 40th birthday, the veteran goalkeeper continues to defy his age by keeping his place in the Bianconeri first-team, and having pulled off a superb save to deny Andres Iniesta on Tuesday, the 39-year-old insists his aim is to keep on proving his worth to his teammates.
He told the Juventus' official website: “That's what we're here for. I'm lucky enough to play for a fantastic team and I have to keep demonstrating that I'm good enough to play at this level.
“It was a big save, though, because of the time when it came and the difficulty of the save itself. It comes down to a fraction of a second but, as I said, I have to pull off saves like that if I want to keep being considered a top keeper.”
Yet to claim a Champions League winners medal in his illustrious career, Buffon will be hoping that this is the year that he can finally win European football's biggest club prize.
With Juventus appearing to have one foot in the semi-final following their first leg victory, the keeper insists that he and his teammates are confident of progressing next week, that's despite Barcelona already showing this season that they are capable of overturning large aggregate deficits.
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Buffon added: “The feelings are positive. This was no fluke result today. We deserved it and we have no reason to fear anyone.
“We played our game and showed what we're capable of but you only have to look at the PSG match to remember that we must be careful. We're happy, but we're not through yet. One thing's for sure: we're not afraid of playing on the biggest European stages.”