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Italian Legend Gianluigi Buffon says Manuel Neuer not yet the greatest in the world

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Buffon thinks Neuer is not the best

Juventus veteran Buffon has said Manuel Neuer is not the greatest keeper he has seen ahead of Juventus’ clash with Bayern Munich. The 38-year-old holds the German in jihg regards saying,“I've been fortunate to see some fantastic, reliable goalkeepers with plenty of quality,Of course Neuer is one of this group of goalkeepers and he's a goalkeeper who plays in a very open-minded way.

But when it comes to whom he thinks falls under greatest keeper category he left out the German stating, “Obviously given the way his team play, he's an important pillar who gives them a huge hand, but when I think of great keepers, the likes of [Iker] Casillas, [Petr] Cech or [Oliver] Kahn and many others who I have not mentioned either come to mind.”

Juventus have been in excellent form recently going achieving a 15 game winning streak in all competitions which is new a club record. Buffon has now kept 9 straight clean sheets and looking for his tenth in a row but he has credited his defence for the record

"We must not get carried away by the moment, I knew it was a while since I last conceded, I admit it," he said. ”But I didn't know how many games and minutes, and you're telling me it's over 600 minutes? Well this says we've got a great defence, which is not the same as saying we have a great goalkeeper.”

He also understands the importance of the whole team contributing as well to help the team not concede stating, "Of course it helps to have individual players in defence who are reliable with great quality, but when you concede few goals it's because you have a full team working to ensure that the opponents' attacks are not dangerous”

Buffon will be happy with a goalless draw

The Juventus Number one says that his team need not score in the first leg to get a good result bu believes the game will have a lot of goals in it.

"Last year I got millions of insults when I said 0-0 was a good result, but 0-0 is a great result at home," he said. "It's important we go there with two results which can get us through, because away goals count double. It's unlikely that it will finish 0-0 tomorrow. I can see lots of goals” said the Italian.

Juventus were runners-up in last year's competition but face a tough task in getting past a Bayern side looking to win the Champions League under Pep Guardiola for the first time in his last season at the club.

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