Wednesday 16 January 2019

Buffon keen to avoid Leicester

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon
Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is worried about the possibility of the Italian giants being drawn to play Leicester in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Both clubs reached the last eight on Tuesday night, with Buffon's Serie A-leading Bianconeri moving past Porto 3-0 on aggregate while Leicester mounted a second-leg comeback to edge out Sevilla 3-2.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are among the other heavyweights already through to the quarter-finals but veteran Italy keeper Buffon, now 39, wants to swerve last year's surprise Premier League champions.

He said: "I would like to avoid Leicester City. They're a dangerous side, there's a feel-good factor around the place and they have the ability to hurt you if you take the game to them.

"You have everything to lose against them."

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