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Buffon: Chelsea clash will decide progress

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon says the Champions League fixture between the Serie A champions and Chelsea "will be decisive" as to which of the pair progress to the knockout stage.

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The match, on November 20, is a home game for Juve and according to the goalkeeper,will see one side crash out of the competition.

Speaking to fans via, Buffon said: "I have always said that we would fight out for top spot in the group with Shakhtar Donetsk. The match against Chelsea will be decisive, qualification for the knockout stages will be between us and them."

"The Champions League is a tough competition but it feels great to hear the anthem before every game."

Buffon also said he was relishing his role as leader of the side following the departure of Alessandro Del Piero during the summer, but insisted that he prefers that the team be recognised for its efforts rather than any individual.

"Raising my first trophy as captain [the Supercoppa] in Beijing was nice but I really do not love to be the centre of attention in these situations. When we win, I feel such gratitude towards my companions as it is not right that the honour of raising a trophy is restricted to one. That's why in the photos of awards I am often behind and to the side!"

Now 34, the Italy international also answered questions on Juve's 2006 relegation, saying: "With this shirt I have spent 12 years, almost half my life, but I hope that this adventure can continue for a long time. Few people can say they were there for a long time with a team so important.

"I stayed with the team while we were in Serie B for the fans. Those were difficult years and it was also tough when we returned to Serie A."


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