Gianluigi Buffon surprised by Juventus' fine season

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has recently sat down with BBC and discussed the 2014/2015 campaign for The Old Lady and he admitted that he is stunned they are still fighting on all three trophy fronts.

For BBC's Football Focus, Buffon sat down with a reporter and discussed all things Juventus so far this season, and the veteran admitted that even he was surprised by the team's push for the treble.

Juve secured their fourth consecutive Serie A title over the weekend after beating Sampdoria, and are in the Coppa Italia final and also the Champions League semi-final.

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In the domestic up, Juve will face Lazio, whilst in Europe, they will take on Spanish giants and last year's winners Real Madrid.

Managerial Swap

Whilst speaking to Football Focus, Buffon commented on the summer changes that took place at Juve and opened up about Antonio Conte leaving and being replaced by Massimiliano Allegri, who lost his job at AC Milan.

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Buffon said: "It was a great surprise for me to see the approach adopted by our new coach and the way in which he has been able to manage a group of players who had won a succession of major titles and a group of players whose common denominator was the characteristics and personality of their previous coach.

"So it was no easy task for Allegri to come to Juventus and to place his own stamp and imprint on the team. But it is something that he has been successful in doing by acting in a very intelligent manner."

Treble Chasers

The interview then moved on to Juventus fighting on all three fronts with the Serie A title confirmed and the two cups still to play for.

"We are still fighting on all fronts. This is something that not even we imagined.

"There is no doubt that the journey we have embarked upon with Allegri is becoming extraordinary.

"We knew that after many years of victories and successes it would have been easy to give in to a sense of fulfilment and to sit back, which is only human and even normal for sportsmen performing at this level.

"But perhaps we have been driven by the desire to show that everything we have achieved and won over the years is down to us, and as a result this year we are taking things on to the next stage."

Champions League

Throughout his illustrious career, Buffon has nearly won it all, including the World Cup with Italy. However, one trophy he's yet to lift is the Champions League, and he opened up about how he feels about the semi-final coming up against Madrid.

"It is a strange thing because I have won virtually everything but the one thing I haven't won is the Champions League, although I have got very close, losing a final on penalties," he said.

"But I think that life is very fair and you get what you deserve. I have not yet finished my career, even though I am pretty close to the end. I think that if it is my destiny and if I have earned it, then I will win it.

"There are at least three teams ahead of us in terms of experience at the international level and the players that they have. But I do believe that we are a team on the way up. As a group we have been playing together for a long time; every now and then a new player has come in to improve the team and that is why I think we can do well.

"In fact I am convinced of this and I think that we are able to compete with any other team. But there is a big difference between saying this and thinking that we can win the Champions League."

Buffon will certainly want to add the Champions League to his honours list, but whatever happens, it's been yet another superb campaign for both the Italian and Juventus.

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