Conor Clancy Date:25th November 2013 at 9:51pm
Written by:

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is happy with the Bianconeri’s recent defensive improvements as they look to win the Scudetto for a third successive season.

The Bianconeri have kept clean sheets in their last five Serie A games since their collapse against Fiorentina where they conceded four times.

“After the load of goals we conceded in 15 minutes against Fiorentina, we needed these five games,” Buffon commented.

“We’ve been alert, cut down on individual errors and we’re expressing ourselves very well. It’s an excellent platform for us ahead of Wednesday’s return to Champions League action.”

The goalkeeper himself has been the focus of negative comments this season and has confessed he cannot afford to make mistakes.

“At my age you can’t allow yourself the luxury of slipping up.

“I feel stronger than I did when I was a youngster and when I’m focused it’s rare for me to get things wrong.

“But I need to keep showing that, otherwise it’s probably best to call it a day.”

Sunday marked his 500th appearance in the league, 332 of which have been for the Old Lady.

“It was the first building block and since then we’ve placed another 499 and 37 in Serie B,” he said when asked about his debut for Parma back in November 1995.

“At that time I just thought about wanting to be a key player as well as showing the world that I was on the scene. I don’t know if I’m the best, but what I do know is that I always need to show it.

“You need to be a little bit daft, along with having quality, the right mentality and the desire to live a steady life.”

He continued to jokingly comment on how he has matured throughout the years.

“I was an adolescent when I started playing, I didn’t have much of a beard.

“Now my beard’s thicker and features a few more white hairs, but I’ve kept a bit of that positive craziness that has helped me over the years.”

Buffon has played 12 times in Serie A for Juve this season, keeping seven clean sheets.

Follow Conor Clancy on Twitter: @concalcio