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Buffon: Excuses are for losers


Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon celebrated the Old Lady's 3-0 win over Roma by slamming claims that the Bianconeri receive help from referees.

Juventus moved eight points clear at the top of Serie A after a convincing 3-0 win over nine-man Roma and Gigi Buffon was pugnacious in his post-match press conference.

Tensions ran high ahead of the top-of-the-table encounter in Turin as Roma talisman Francesco Totti brought up the age-old topic of refereeing decisions.

Rivals regularly accuse Juventus of receiving favourable refereeing decisions and Totti insisted that the Old Lady's success owed a lot to officiating, sparking anger from various Juve officials.

But Antonio Conte's men chose the best possible response by easing to a 3-0 win to extend their lead at the top of Serie A thanks to goals from Arturo Vidal, Leonardo Bonucci and Mirko Vucinic from the penalty spot.

"Do I want to discuss what Totti said? No, it's the kind of thing you hear a lot," Buffon said in his post-match press conference.

"They are excuses for those who don't win - there's always an excuse ready. 

"We deserved to win. The defeat against Fiorentina taught us a lot just like the loss to Inter last year."

Nonetheless Buffon did pay tribute to Roma's performance despite the emphatic nature of the score-line.

"Roma showed that they aren't second for no reason," he explained. "They are a team to be scared of and they impressed me for an hour, but we won because we took our chances."

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