Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon says he and his teammates have done 'what only men with a capital M can do' following his side's fourth Coppa Italia triumph in succession.
Wednesday night's 4-0 demolition of AC Milan saw Juve lift the Coppa Italia trophy without conceding a single goal in throughout the competition. Veteran goalkeeper Buffon spoke to JTV (via Football Italia) following the victory.
“I’m very proud because we’ve done in seven years what only men with a capital M can do.”
“It’s incredible. At one point in the season, we said, ‘if we want to be monsters, we have to win the Scudetto again try to win the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.'"
Although Juventus suffered disappointment on the European stage, losing in the Champions League quarter finals to Real Madrid, Buffon defended his side and insisted that I Bianconeri had still over-performed this season.
“We didn’t succeed in the Champions League, but we still did something unimaginable.
“I’m also sorry if anyone who isn’t a sportsman and has never tried to stay in a group doesn’t know how many sacrifices, how much energy, how much tenacity and how much damnation it takes to win like we have. It really is incredible."
Buffon also explained his decison to allow teammate Claudio Marchisio to lift the Coppa Italia trophy, an honour typically reserved for Buffon himself as club captain.
“Letting Marchisio lift the Coppa? It’s a fair gesture because ultimately, I had the honour of being the captain of this team for seven wonderful years, but there were other guys with me…
“Chiello [Giorgio Chiellini] raised the Coppa in previous years and this time around, I wanted Claudio, Barza [Andrea Barzagli] and Stephan [Lichtsteiner] to do it because they’ve made my job easier and they deserve huge credit, so I owed it to them."
On the subject of Juventus' imminent coronation as champions of Italy, which will be sealed with just one point from their final two games of the season, Buffon adopted a more cautious outlook.
“Scudetto? It’s not ours yet, but we’re on the right track. We’re close.”