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Marotta, Prandelli back Buffon

4 April 2013 19:21

Juventus director Beppe Marotta and Italy coach Cesare Prandelli have hit back at Franz Beckenbauer after his criticism of Gianluigi Buffon.

Bayern Munich legend Beckenbauer claimed the veteran goalkeeper 'looked like a pensioner' during a poor performance in Juve's 2-0 Champions League defeat to the German outfit.

Marotta has since mounted a staunch defence of the World Cup-winning shot-stopper, insisting he deserves more respect from a fellow icon of the game.

Speaking to reporters while attending the quarterly football report at the Italian parliament, Marotta said: "Buffon must be respected. To read such considerations from an icon of world football hurts, especially when they are directed at another athletic symbol such as Gigi. He is a special guy, a role model for young people."

Prandelli echoed Marotta's comments, and suggested the 67-year-old is in no place to criticise exponents of the modern game.

"Gigi has already responded well, with great balance and irony," said Prandelli. "He will give a great response on the pitch.

"Besides, retirees are always wise people..."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
2 April 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 0
On aggregate
4 - 0
Venue
Allianz-Arena (München)
Attendance
68000

Goals

D. Alaba 1'
(assist by B. Schweinsteiger) 
1 - 0
T. Müller 63'
(assist by M. Mandžukić) 
2 - 0

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10
11
33
14
17
22
44
# Player Bookings
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12
6
20
22
30
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