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Gianluigi Buffon has admitted that he remembers Paris Saint-Germain’s shocking Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester United with ‘a lot of regret’, and thinks back to that famous night of 2019 ‘three or four times a week’.
The French giants held a 2-0 lead in the first leg at Old Trafford, but somehow managed to lose the second match 3-1 and crashed away goals, with Buffon making a big mistake. which cost the hosts dearly.
Marcus Rashford’s last-minute penalty put Man Utd into the quarter-finals on one of the most dramatic nights in European football history, and as the Red Devils fondly remember him, goalkeeper Buffon cannot forget the heartbreaking events. .
Talking to The teamThe 42-year-old confessed that he often reflects on that night at the Parc des Princes and blames himself for the role he played in PSG’s shameful collapse.
“It’s a game that I think about at least three or four times a week. It brings a lot of regrets,” Buffon said.
“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 the experience I have, I should not 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.”
The Juventus goalkeeper continued by stating that now PSG “lacks nothing” and they have eradicated the tendency to “take things for granted” from their game.
“PSG lacks nothing. It is a great team that can beat anyone. It is one of the few teams that can beat all its opponents.
“If there was a weakness, it was taking some things for granted. But with the arrival of Leonardo, who has an Italian culture, this type of risk has disappeared.”