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Buffon blames Juventus’ first-leg display for UCL exit

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Gianluigi Buffon has hailed Juventus’ performance against Lyon on Friday evening, putting the blame on the first-leg display for his team’s Champions League elimination.

Juventus had 1-0 deficit from France going into the return leg of their Champions League last-16 tie but seemed favorites to turn the tables in Turin.

However, a controversial penalty converted by Memphis Depay 12 minutes into the first half gave the ‘Bianconeri’ a mountain to climb.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace was not enough for Juventus to make it to the quarter-finals. The Portuguese star’s goals brought Juve a 2-1 win, helping him smash another club record.

In the end, Lucas Tousart’s first-leg goal made all the difference between the sides. And Buffon believes that Juventus’ lackadaisical approach at the Groupama Stadium cost them a place in the next knockout round.

“We didn’t go as far as we wanted to, or thought we’d get,” Gigi said, as per Football Italia.

“We prepared this tie not to give Lyon any advantages that could result in goals. After 12 minutes, that failed entirely, and it didn’t help.

“I think we did well to stay calm, try to remain organized, create chances, and not just go mad pouring forward.

“When we were 2-1 up, we really did begin to believe, having come back from 1-0 down, but three goals were not going to be easy.

“There is a lot of disappointment, as every time we go into this competition, we dream of reaching where we’ve not been able to reach, and every year it seems like the right year.

“Unfortunately, I think our exit this time was down to the bad first leg performance and not the game we saw this evening.”