World’s best goalkeeper’s have each other’s backs.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has praised his Real Madrid counterpart Iker Casillas for how professionally he has handled being out of the first team, before admitting that he does not know how he would handle a similar situation ESPN reports.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is currently rotating his goalkeepers, with Diego Lopez taking precedent in La Liga and Casillas taking over for Champions League games.
Juve will head to the Bernabeu this week for a Champions League encounter that should see the world’s two best ‘keepers face off against each other, and Buffon has reserved praise for Casillas by saying that it is often difficult for goalkeepers to accept that they will not always be a number one choice at their club.
“I admire Iker a lot,” Buffon said. “But due to the type of player I am, and as I still feel a very strong goalkeeper, it would take a lot out of me to accept certain situations. However he deserves a lot of praise, and I respect him much more as a man because of this. For me it is very strange to see a keeper like Casillas on the bench.”
Buffon then went on to say that though he does not want to take anything away from Diego Lopez, he expects Casillas to regain his spot in the team sooner or later.
“Within this debate you must also respect Diego Lopez who, apart from what he is doing this season, has always been an excellent keeper,
“Iker has always shown himself to be a great champion. I believe great champions in these negative situations have the character to find this competitive rage when they return to play, which sometimes, with time, you can lose for a while. When these unexpected things happen you have more strength when you return.”
Buffon had to overcome a much more serious problem earlier in his career when it was revealed that he suffered from depression.
“These things happen sometimes as we are human beings,
“As it could happen to someone working in a bank or a filling station, it can also happen to a footballer. It was a very important phase in my life, when I grew as a man and matured. Now I feel much stronger and I am not afraid to take on negative periods. These are things that, if you overcome them on your own, it gives you a lot of strength.”