Buffon: Italy vs. France is like a derby match

The Azzurri captain has shared his excitement about the upcoming fixture and claims there is a special buzz surrounding the two nations whenever they meet.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has likened Italy's clash with France to a derby.

The Azzurri captain and veteran shotstopper is looking forward to Wednesday's match between the traditional powers in Parma, and despite Les Blues not having the best of success in recent years, the 34-year-old is expecting a tough challenge from Didier Deschamps' side.

"France remain a strong nation in European football, one that is always capable of playing at a high level," Buffon told Le Parisien. "Playing against France is like playing a derby, there is a special taste that the fixture brings."

Buffon also spoke about the impact of money on football, and claimed that no matter how much French power Paris Saint-Germain spends on players and transfer fees, the club cannot buy the history and tradition of Europe's biggest clubs.

“Paris Saint-Germain are a lucky club, they have a lot of money,” Buffon stated. "However, in football, the richest do not always win. Some clubs have less money, but they spend it better than those who have more, and the history of a club also counts a lot towards their status.

"Perhaps in 50 years they will talk about PSG more than Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, but not at the moment.”

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