Gianluigi Buffon insists Juventus must up its game to succeed in the UEFA Champions League this season.
The Bianconeri have returned to the competition after not participating for a few years, and, having landed the Serie A title in an unbeaten campaign last term, expect to have a major impact on the tournament. A draw on Tuesday night against FC Nordsjaelland has dented the club's hopes of progress, though. Shakhtar Donetsk has taken control of Group E to leave Buffon and his side fighting it out with reigning champions Chelsea to make the knockout round.
"It's a difficult competition. I said to my companions, 'What we do in Italy and Europe is not enough,'" the Italian World Cup winner told fans via a video conference. "[To qualify for] the second round we must play against Chelsea. I knew it would be tough after the draw in the group."
As for Buffon's plans after soccer, the goalkeeper was non-committal.
"I do not know [what I'll do]. I need projects, I always need challenges, I always need to win races. My life has always been like this since I was a kid," Buffon said.