In the aftermath of beating Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon told reporters that he didn’t want one team in the quarter-finals: Leicester City.
It seemed a little patronising for the World Cup winning goalkeeper to flatter the English champions this way.
However, speaking to the media after beating Barcelona, Buffon clarified what he meant. It was the best humblebrag of the season: “I meant it when I said I didn’t want to face Leicester in the quarter-finals.
“It would’ve been really sad to end that fairy-tale.”
Talk about a backhander. The Foxes were indeed knocked out in the last eight by Atletico Madrid. The Spanish giants progressed with a 2-1 aggregate defeat. Leicester received no shortage of praise for making it that far.
Having beaten Barcelona 3-0 on aggregate, Juventus have followed in the footsteps of two great teams.
The only other two sides to keep Barcelona out in recent seasons were Man United in 2008 and Bayern Munich in 2013. In both of those years, the Barca-deniers went on to win the competition.
Gianluigi Buffon: "I meant it when I said I didn’t want to face Leicester in the QFs, it would’ve been really sad to end that fairy-tale." pic.twitter.com/hANTqGC3KL
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