Bayern Munich quality surprises Buffon

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After losing to Bayern Munich, ending their dreams of winning the Champions League, Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon admitted that the victors were just too strong for the Italian giants.

Following 2-0 defeats both home and away to the German champions, the legendary 'keeper was very complimentary of Bayern's performances over the two legs.

The Old Lady were dominated in both ties and the 35-year-old was in reflective mood after bowing out of Europe's top competition.

Speaking to, Buffon said: "We have no regrets after tonight's game.

"Currently, this is our level and it was not enough against a team like Bayern - simple.

"They were better than us physically, technically and mentally. The main difference is experience.

"Bayern have reached two finals in three years. Their squad have played together for quite a while now. This is an important advantage for them."

The Italy international refused to be downbeat despite Juventus' elimination, admitting that they always faced an uphill battle to progress given the calibre of their opponents.

"We knew they were strong, even if to be honest they were better on the pitch than we expected," said Buffon.

"I think it's right to stress this because we have to recognise their great strength. Tonight they impressed me more than they did in the first leg because we really gave our best at home.

"They can definitely win the cup. After beating the reigning champions, we thought we could compete with any team but Bayern proved they were too strong for us."

Juventus return to Serie A action on Monday when they travel to the Olimpico to face Lazio. Juve currently sit top of the table ahead of Napoli with a nine point advantage. Another success would be Buffon's fourth Serie A trophy.


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