The Italian feels for his opposite number at Real Madrid following the rotation policy over the last two seasons and the criticism he has faced in recent months
Gianluigi Buffon claims he would be “p***** off” if subjected to the same situation as Real Madrid No.1 Iker Casillas has been over the past two years.
The veteran Spain international lost his place as first-choice goalkeeper in La Liga to Diego Lopez but found himself reinstated following the departure of Lopez to AC Milan in the summer.
However, there have been calls from Real Madrid fans and much of the media for summer signing Keylor Navas – who was excellent for Levante in 2013-14 and for Costa Rica at the World Cup – to take Casillas’ place between the sticks.
Barcelona have also rotated their goalkeepers this season, with Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen utilised at different times, but Buffon does not believe such a policy is effective.
“Everyone is different, but I think Casillas’ situation would have been p***** me off,” the Juventus veteran told AS. “I do not know if I agree with the swapping around of Diego Lopez and Casillas. I would have felt penalised, if that was me.
“When I’m fit I prefer to play every game, because I still feel strong. Of course, if the results give the coach a reason to change things up then that’s normal. However, a team of Real Madrid’s calibre can play 60 games a year, it can be a problem if you’re resting too often.
“I was very surprised with Casillas’ situation. A goalkeeper is not infallible – he can make mistakes just like he can pull off amazing saves. When it comes to playing for teams like Madrid or Juventus, the criticism becomes even more fierce. It can destabilise you and cause you to lose your security as No.1.”
Buffon also admitted that he harboured dreams of playing for the Santiago Bernabeu side as a youngster, along with a host of other European giants.
“It’s true that when you’re a kid you dream of playing for all the big teams,” he added. “The best known, the most traditional, where you’d earn the most.
“Therefore I dreamed of playing for Juve, AC Milan, Inter, Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool.”