Buffon: “Messi is extraordinary. When he strikes the ball it becomes heavier than normal.”

After four games against the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi finally got on the scoresheet on Tuesday night at the Camp Nou. And t...

After four games against the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi finally got on the scoresheet on Tuesday night at the Camp Nou.

And the Argentine did so in style as he put two past the Juventus shotstopper.

Speaking about their game in an interview with Juventus official website, Buffon said: “We’re still feeling a bit bruised, as you might imagine.”

“When you’re used to winning and being the best team on the pitch most times you play it’s pretty annoying to come back after a game like that.”

“It’s a good thing to feel annoyed, though. Great teams and great men prove themselves by coming though tough times.


“We’ve looked back at the key moments of the match with the coach and analysed it from a technical and a tactical perspective, as we always do.”

“We were up against a great team and we lost badly, but if you look at the match closely I think it’s fair to say it was a heavier scoreline than we deserved, given the way we played for an hour at least.

“It just shows you once again that if you want to match or beat those three or four teams in the world who objectively speaking are a notch above us, then it’s absolutely crucial we stay tight as a unit and play an aggressive game.”

“We were chasing the game in the second half and ended up leaving ourselves exposed – you can’t afford to do that against teams like Barca.”

“You have to keep a clear head at all times, be mentally strong enough to stay in the game and understand that you have to dig in even if you’re trailing because sooner or later a chance will come your way and when it does you have to take it.

Praises for Lionel Messi

“I wouldn’t say it was entirely inevitable but considering the sheer number of goals he scores, I think facing Messi four times and not conceding any was something of a record.

“When you play against him you see the look of determination on his face as he makes certain movements and in the way he sets himself up for a shot and strikes the ball. You realise that he’s on another level.

“When someone like Leo or Cristiano Ronaldo hit the ball, it becomes heavier than when a ‘normal’ player hits it. At the end of the match I congratulated him and I meant it.

“We’re lucky at Juve to be able to play against players of that calibre on a regular basis. You have to understand what it really means to play against them; often people in Italy don’t realise quite what level they’re on.”

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