Gianluigi Buffon, the most capped player in Italian history with 176 caps, retired at the end of last season. This Monday, February 12, the former Transalpine goalkeeper gave an interview to the YouTube channel BSMT. A chance for the former Nacional captain to discuss his rather unsuccessful career at PSG. In the jersey of the Paris team, Buffon is particularly remembered for his mistake in the 8th round of the Champions League against Manchester United. A mistake that led to PSG’s elimination (1-3).
Five years later and before a decisive shock for PSG against Real Sociedad, Buffon returned to his brief Parisian adventure. The native of Carrara (Tuscany) also tried to explain the team’s lack of success in the queen of European competitions.
“With Neymar, Mbappé or Marquinhos in Turin, we could have won the Champions League”
For the legendary Juve goalkeeper, PSG’s problem does not lie in the intrinsic quality of the capital’s players. He believes footballers are capable of winning the Champions League easily. “In my opinion, I saw players of incredible quality there. At Juve, I thought we were the best in the world, then I saw all these players together in Paris: Neymar, Mbappe, Verratti or even Marquios and Thiago Silva… If we had transferred them to Turin, we would have won four. Constant Champions League. »
So the problem lies elsewhere. For Buffon, PSG failed because of “a locker room that can be a bit complicated, I must say, with a certain climate…”. “Every time, I asked myself: how can they not win the Champions League there? I told myself it was unattainable and then after being there for a year, I understood why. »
Buffon has now embarked on a career as a sporting director and is looking for a new club. On the PSG side, the dream of the Champions League is still on the minds of the Parisians on the eve of the clash against Real Sociedad.