Buffon: I'm still p****ed off when I concede

Gianluigi Buffon PSG

Gianluigi Buffon is still as passionate as ever about keeping clean sheets and voiced his displeasure at conceding after PSG’s 4-1 victory over Stade de Reims on Wednesday night.

Xavier Chalaverin opened the scoring for Reims with just two minutes played, before Edinson Cavani hit a first-half double either side of a Neymar penalty to give the hosts a comfortable lead at half-time. Substitute Thomas Meunier then wrapped up the points in the second period with PSG’s fourth of the night.

But despite the emphatic nature of the Parisians’ victory, veteran goalkeeper Buffon was still annoyed about conceding.

“I think we played a good game, and today we also made a big PSG history record with seven consecutive wins. I'm still p****d off when I concede a goal, that's normal, I would like to finish all the matches without a goal,” he said after the game.

The 40-year-old also opened up about the healthy competition between himself and Alphonse Areola, as the pair have shared game time so far this season.

“In all the big teams there are two big goalkeepers Real Madrid play with Courtois and Navas, I think that's normal. Alphonse and I have a good understanding.”

Buffon also urged patience in the Champions League – a trophy coveted above all else by PSG’s fans and Qatari investors alike, particularly given the relative ease with which they usually claim the Ligue 1 title.

“We must always improve, also in the Champions League, but it will be done step by step. In the Champions League, you need the best physical and mental condition.”

NBA legend Michael Jordan was in attendance at the Parc des Princes and was presented with a number 23 PSG shirt following his brand’s collaboration with PSG for his Jumpman range of clothing. The Jordan Brand logo has also replaced the iconic Nike tick on the Ligue 1 champions’ kits this season and Buffon was honoured by the basketball great’s presence.

“Michael Jordan? It's incredible to have the opportunity to see a world icon.”

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