Previous
Chelsea
West Ham United
Dec 26, 2014 12:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Burnley
Liverpool
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Everton
Stoke City
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Manchester United
Newcastle United
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City
Dec 26, 2014 3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal
Queens Park Rangers
Dec 26, 2014 5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next

Five trends of the 2014-15 Premier League

Tactics & Analysis
Read

Top 10 moments for Liga MX in 2014

Liga MX
Read

Buffon keen to avoid Real in UCL draw

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon says he would rather avoid Real Madrid in next week's Champions League draw as the law of averages suggest he is bound to lose to them sooner or later.

• Rzouki: Changed Juve do enough
• Muirhead: Celtic, let's do it again

Buffon has had an excellent record against Madrid in the Champions League throughout his career, featuring as Juve beat the La Liga side 4-3 on aggregate in the 2002-03 semi-finals, 2-1 over two games in the 04-05 first knock-out round, and won both group games during the 2008-09 competition.

Wednesday night's straightforward 2-0 last-16 second leg win over Scottish league leaders Celtic, secured with goals from Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella, sent the Serie A holders through to the next round 5-0 on aggregate.

Speaking with Marca at the Juventus Stadium after the game, the veteran keeper said Madrid was the one team he feared in the draw on March 15, when both the quarter-final and semi-final ties will be selected.

"I am very afraid of Real Madrid," Buffon said. "I already knocked them out three times [actually twice] with Juve, so the law of averages is not in my favour. Hopefully we can meet them further on in the competition, because that would mean we had kept going through the rounds."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.