Juventus and Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has backed Iker Casillas to come back stronger than ever, claiming the stopper is still one of the best in the world.
The 32-year-old has been frozen out of the Real Madrid starting line-up by manager Carlo Ancelotti however the World Cup and Champions League winner could feature in Madrid's clash with Juventus on Wednesday night.
Buffon has praised his fellow goalkeeper and says he will bounce back. "I really admire Iker for who he is," Buffon told AS.
"He is still a strong goalkeeper and among the best out there. It is very hard to accept certain situations, but he does just that and I respect that."
Casillas has only featured twice this year for Madrid and had the same treatment last season under Jose Mourinho, where he only played 27 competitive appearances.
However Buffon, who is a World Cup winner himself, believes that Casillas' experience and winning mentality will help him to be stronger than ever.
"Iker has always been a great champion and great champions always find a way out of negative situations like this. When something like this happens, you draw strength from it." said the 35-year-old.
"I do not know what happened to him last season. I only saw the line-ups. But I think that last term was not just a sporting decision. It had to do with his relationship [with Jose Mourinho].
"I don't know what the problem is now, but I can say that it's very unusual to see a goalkeeper like Iker on the bench. Iker has only become a better man to me for his reaction."
These two great goalkeepers will come head to head on Wednesday night as Real Madrid face Juventus in Group B of the UEFA Champions League.
Real' top the group with two wins out of two whilst Juve have dropped points against Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen, with two two consecutive draws.
The Italian and Spanish giants also meet in the return fixture on 5th November.
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