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Buffon hits back at Beckenbauers pensioner slur

03 Apr 2013 17:18:43

Buffon hits back at Beckenbauers pensioner slur

Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon hit back Wednesday after being labelled "a pensioner" by former Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer for failing to stop an early goal in their Champions League defeat.

Juve lost 2-0 in Munich but Buffon said Beckenbauer should be wary of speaking too soon ahead of next week's second leg in Turin.

Bayern needed just 26 seconds to take the lead after David Alaba's left-footed thunderbolt beat Buffon from 35 metres out and Beckenbauer, an ex-Bayern captain, coach and president, said the Italian showed his age.

"It felt like Alaba fired from miles out and made Buffon look like a pensioner," Beckenbauer, 67, told German Sky Sports.

"He really should have saved that, maybe he didn't think Alaba was going to hit it from there."

Bayern went on to win the first leg of Tuesday's quarter-final 2-0, leaving Juve with it all to do in Turin next Wednesday if they are to reach the last four.

Buffon later admitted he had been wrong-footed by Alaba's shot, which took a slight deflection off Juventus's Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal.

But on Wednesday the 35-year-old Italy international warned: "I have no objection to being called that by an old wise man like Beckenbauer.

"But he should be quiet and wait for the (outcome of the) next game."


AFP

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