The legendary Italian goalkeeper makes a first assessment of his experience in Paris before the final of the Coupe de France against Rennes Saturday (21h).
What assessment for Gianluigi Buffon in Paris? Noticeably mixed. At 41, the Italian goalkeeper was to bring serenity, experience and talent to Paris Saint-Germain, reassure and guide his troops in the Champions League in particular. Failed, with a fatal blunder in the round of 16 return against Manchester United … Beyond this error, however Buffon has signed some performances worthy of his talent, as in Naples in the group phase of the C1 (1-1). And his contribution in the locker room is difficult to quantify. In any case, the interested party is satisfied with this experience, the first far from the boot. "It's simply beautiful, he enthuses on the site of Paris Saint-Germain. I spent nine months in a wonderful city. Everyone welcomed me very warmly, I was shown a lot of affection. My experience here is superb and I am happy to have made the choice to come to Paris. "
Stop or again?
And "San Gigi" to add: "I wanted to discover a new football environment, and a new environment of life, that could bring me on the human level. And I must admit that all this is filled. I always wanted to get out of my comfort zone, and to live new experiences. I try to move forward in a humble way, to learn and to discover new things, and this is the case here in Paris. I learned french. I know that it will help me in the future to have more confidence in me, it is very important. "However, there is no question of his future, when some Italian media evoke a return to Juventus. The former Parma has an option to continue in Paris, but has not (yet?) Been activated.
On the subject of playing time, the Italian legend had to share with Alphonse Areola. Both men repeat that everything is going well, and the Italian has confirmed it again in this interview. "Over the last few years at Juventus, it was decided that the second goalkeeper plays between 10 and 15 matches, and I do the rest. There was turnover, but not like that. I have fully accepted that here because I want to serve the collective. I want to bring positive to the group, and that means accepting the coach's choices. With the other goalkeepers, Alphonse, Sébastien and Thomas, we managed to create a real small working group. We are all friends, and this is our greatest victory, the goalies, "he promises. Note that Buffon played 22 games this season, against 28 for Areola.
Buffon wary of Rennes
Who will be on Saturday against Rennes? Mystery … "That … We do not know, you'll see (laughs)," Areola joked last Sunday, after the victory over AS Monaco (3-1). Buffon, he puts forward the mental aspect before this final: "These are two competitions (the L1 and the Coupe, note) which are not won in the same way. The knockout match aspect is something different. There is a final at the end, with two teams that are close to lifting a trophy, which is played on a match. Even if we are in the skin of the favorite for this final, the chances of victory are almost equivalent. Anything can happen on a match, an expulsion, an injury, a pole … You have to know how to stay focused for 90 minutes. "Paris Saint-Germain is the quadruple holding of the Coupe de France, and holds the record of trophies in this competition (12). A Cup that Rennes has not raised since 1971. The last title of its history.