Buffon cools talk of Champions League glory

The 35-year-old goalkeeper is hesitant to discuss how far Juventus can progress in this year's tournament with the challenge of Bayern Munich looming
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has played down talk of Juventus going all the way in this year's Champions League.

The Bianconeri have enjoyed a successful return to Europe's elite competition so far, having emerged as group winners before coasting into the quarter-final with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Celtic.

However, two meetings with German giants Bayern Munich in the next round mean Antonio Conte's side will face a rigorous test of their Champions League credentials and, speaking to Canal +, Buffon erred on the side of caution in discussing Juventus' aspirations.

"It would be a bit too optimistic, presumptuous, to say that Juventus can win the Champions League," he said.

The 35-year-old has spent 12 years with the club, but says he will continue playing amid rumours of retirement as a decision to prematurely hang up his gloves would betray the "gifts" he was given.

"I will keep on playing as far as I am stimulated to continue. Nature gave me something important, and I must respect these gifts," he added. "It would not make sense to finish my career as a normal goalkeeper, I've never been and I will never be one."

The veteran also offered his sentiments on the emergence of potential future Juve stars, including Paul Pogba, and tipped the Frenchman to enjoy a successful career.

"Pogba is a great player, we have noticed this early at the first trainings. He has the right state of mind to become a famous player, he has great qualities."