Gianluigi Buffon finds it “wonderfully satisfying” to make the first start of his Juventus comeback for this evening’s Serie A clash with Hellas Verona.
After a year away at Paris Saint-Germain, Buffon makes his Serie A return hoping to help end Juventus’ two-match winless run.
The 41-year-old goalkeeper has, so far, played second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny this season. However, head coach Maurizio Sarri has decided to finally give him a chance to shine between the sticks.
Buffon will take over the captain’s armband for the Verona match as Giorgio Chiellini remains sidelined due to a ligament injury.
“It’s wonderfully satisfying, for my age, my career and that looking back I realise I have an incredible life and the kind of exciting career I always wanted,” Buffon told Sky Sport Italia.
Ironically, Verona were also Buffon’s final opponents during his glorious first stint at Juventus in May 2018.
“Verona is in my destiny,” continued the Italian.
“I hope it’s a good return and a wonderful day for everyone, because if it’s good for everyone, it’ll be good for me too.”
When asked if challenging Szczesny could create problems, Buffon replied: “There is no duality with Szczesny, that term is inappropriate, because the situation has been clear since the start and I accepted it without the slightest doubt.
“I am happy with the situation, I am happy to be back at Juve, to share more experiences – good or bad – with my teammates and the Juve fans.
“That is why I returned and was content to accept this role of understudy. It might be limited on the field, but there are many other moments behind the scenes that allow you to make your mark, influence the team and have your own achievements.
“Let’s not start asking in September how long I’ll keep going, otherwise it’ll be every week for months! I feel good physically, that’s all I can say.”
— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) September 21, 2019