Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says he has not even given a moment’s thought to Wednesday night’s Champions League fixture with Tottenham potentially being his last in the competition, as he prepares for more top European nights this season.
Buffon, 40, has made no secret of his desire to win the Champions League and play on another season, in order to have a shot at winning the FIFA Club World Cup.
He can take a step closer to that objective by keeping a clean sheet in London — with his Juventus team level at 2-2 with Spurs after the first leg in Turin — and the current FIFA Best Goalkeeper intends to ensure it will not be his last on European football’s biggest stage.
“If something happens which is not quite perfect or is only half a mistake, then in my next game, I am always determined to provide the answer I feel is due,” he said at a news conference at Wembley. “I feel I am still a goalkeeper who can perform at this level and I can still make a difference.
“I’ve got to be honest in that I’ve never thought about it [being my last Champions League game], maybe because I’m naturally optimistic. I hope that, at least for this year, it won’t be the last for me and it won’t be the last for Juve. I hope there will be many more important ones to come.”