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Juventus veteran Gianluigi Buffon is still haunted by Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League loss to Manchester United in 2018-19.
United posted a famous comeback in their Champions League round of 16 tie in March last year, winning 3-1 at the Parc des Princes to progress on away goals.
PSG had taken control of the tie with a 2-0 win in the first leg at Old Trafford and were expected to progress comfortably, especially considering the Red Devils were missing nine older players through injury and Paul Pogba by penalty.
United took the lead at 111 seconds through Romelu Lukaku and, after Juan Bernat tied, Lukaku made it 2-1 when goalkeeper Buffon parried a shot from Marcus Rashford on his way.
Rashford proved to be the winner of the match in the 94th minute, converting a penalty that beat Buffon after Presnel Kimpembe was penalized for handball.
It was the first time in 107 attempts that a team lost the first leg of a Champions League or European Cup tie at home 2-0 or more only to advance to the next round.
For Buffon, who never won the competition in his long and brilliant career, it was a loss he has fought to forget.
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“It’s a game that I think about at least three or four times a week. It brings a lot of regrets ”, he told L’Equipe.
“I was sure we would reach the final that season. In Manchester we won a great game with a great show of force. And sadly, I blame myself for an incredible mistake. A mistake that, with my experience, I shouldn’t have made.
“We thought it was a formality and I got carried away. It was as if the game was of little value because we had already won 2-0 in the first leg and they, the poor people, had two players available and nine young people ”.
PSG took some revenge on Ole Gunnar Solskja’s side this season.
Although they lost 2-1 at home to United, they claimed a 3-1 win at Old Trafford that helped them finish first in Group H as Solskjaer’s men fell in the Europa League.
Having watched them reach the final last season, Buffon, now back with Juventus, believes that PSG is well equipped to win the tournament.
“PSG lacks nothing. It is a great team that can beat anyone. It is one of the few teams that can beat all their opponents, ”said the 42-year-old.
“If there was a weakness, it was taking some things for granted. But with the arrival of [sporting director] Leonardo, who has an Italian culture, this type of risk has disappeared ”.