Juventus must mature, says Buffon

The experienced goalkeeper was unable to hide his disappointment with the Scudetto holders’ draw against Inter on Tuesday


Gianluigi Buffon has voiced his frustration with Juventus’ 1-1 Serie A draw versus Inter on Tuesday and feels the reigning Italian champions must mature if they aim to win silverware this term.

The Turin giants were in fine form in the opening 45 minutes of the Derby d’Italia, but failed to extend their lead after Carlos Tevez’ opening goal early on.

They were made to pay for their profligacy in the second half, with Mauro Icardi restoring parity in the 64th minute, and Buffon was unable to hide his disappointment with the result.

“It was the same story against Sampdoria, Torino and Napoli. We need to mature if we’re going to be where it counts, particularly in the Champions League,” Buffon told reporters.

“There are moments in games when we dominate proceedings and create a high number of chances. But until we get that all-important second goal, it’s vital to remain on guard, especially against a side like Inter.

“We all knew that this was another golden opportunity to extend our lead at the top. But we didn’t take it and we’re disappointed.”

Juventus remain top of the Serie A table with 40 points from 17 games, holding a one-point lead over second-placed Roma.

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