Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon: Saving Francesco Totti's penalty against Roma was down to hard work in training

The veteran goalkeeper salvaged a point for the Turin club at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday night, and admitted that luck plays only a small part when it comes to spot-kicks
Gianluigi Buffon has revealed that he practices saving penalties on a daily basis during Juventus' training sessions, which helped him save Francesco Totti's spot-kick against Roma on Monday night.

The veteran goalkeeper blocked his fellow Italy international's effort in the second half to continue the Turin club's unbeaten record in Serie A this season in a 1-1 draw.

Although stating that luck plays a part in any penalty situation, he has also credited the save to the work done on the training field with his goalkeeping coach.

"It was a major incident," the 33-year-old told Gazetta Dello Sport.

"When there is a penalty to face, a little luck helps, but the daily hard work with [Claudio] Filippi on set-pieces was how I saved it."

Team-mate Claudio Marchisio was also full of praise for Buffon, who he feels was accountable for preserving Antonio Conte's men's unbeaten run.

"He is a great champion and he's showing it," Marchisio stated.

"And not just this year. He's in great shape, and the team got an important point in Rome due to him parrying Totti's effort.

"A goal could have meant defeat, we just drew. He had a great game," the midfielder concluded.

Juventus are level with Udinese on 30 points at the top of the Serie A table.