Buffon admits he hasn’t really recovered from the 2019 Champions League defeat to Manchester United
Gianluigi Buffon has stated that PSG’s defeat to Manchester United four years ago is his greatest regret in his long career.
Few individuals have had the career that Buffon has had, if only because not many players are still playing in Serie B for Parma at 45 years old.
The renowned goalie is regarded as one of the finest of all time, and he has no plans to retire anytime soon, suggesting he may play for another decade.
It’s doubtful that he’ll try to stay around long enough to win the Champions League, despite the fact that it’s the only big title he’s never won.
That’s not to say he hasn’t had strong opportunities to win the European club championship, as the Italian has appeared in three finals with Juventus in the past.
He believes he had one more chance to win the title after leaving the Old Lady and joining PSG in France in 2019.
They were knocked out of the last 16 by Manchester United in one of the largest comebacks in tournament history, as the Premier League side became the first to overcome a two-goal deficit in the home leg to advance on away goals.
And it appears that Buffon has never recovered. “We tossed it out.” “They played with youngsters in Paris,” the goalkeeper told former Italy colleague Christian Vieri on Bobo TV.
“There were [David] De Gea, [Romelu] Lukaku, and Rashford, but the rest of the team was young.”
“We created a mental shambles. Definitely my worst professional regret. We were a formidable force, a mega-team.”
United’s starting lineup in Paris was not particularly youthful, but Rashford, at just 21 years old, was one of the youngest players.
As United pursued the game, they brought in Diogo Dalot, Tanith Chong, and Mason Greenwood to decrease the average age of their lineup.
Rashford netted the game-winning penalty in injury time, his first in senior football, to put the England team up by two goals.
Buffon plainly believes his team blew a major opportunity to win the title that night, saying, “The football level I witnessed at PSG will never be seen again in my life.”
“We felt like we were playing in the Champions League and that we would win it this year because we are stronger than the rest.” We screwed it up.”
In later seasons, they’ve added Lionel Messi and a slew of other stars to their squad, yet the Ligue 1 heavyweights keep losing.
This year, they were eliminated by Bayern Munich, which is reasonable in general, but their most recent exit was widely panned.
Fans were also dissatisfied, with demonstrations against Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and the rest of the team for their latest failed bid to become European champions.