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Buffon has no issue with closed roof for Champions League final

World Leagues

LONDON – The first Champions League final to be played under a closed roof in Cardiff will create an ear-splitting atmosphere when Real Madrid take on Juventus on Saturday, but will have no impact on the result, says Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Uefa decided last week that the showpiece final would be played under the Millennium Stadium’s retractable roof, with anti-drone security reasons cited as one factor.

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during training in Cardiff on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Speaking to reporters before Juve’s training session on the pitch on Friday – with the roof closed – Buffon recalled two previous occasions he kept goal without any hindrance from the elements.

“I’ve already played in such conditions – in Amsterdam against Ajax, and at the World Cup in 2002 – and there’s no real difference. If it preserves the pitch and the show, that’s fine,” the 39-year-old said.

“I think it’s quite normal, I don’t mind. Perhaps the reason is a bit unclear, whether it’s for rain or security reasons.”

For a city that gets more than its fair share of precipitation, the weather is expected to be fine and dry for Saturday’s evening kickoff in a stadium that often covers up for rugby internationals when the weather is inclement, providing Wales’ opponents agree.

The roof became a major talking point during this year’s Six Nations championship when England coach Eddie Jones insisted that it remained open for his side’s clash with Wales.

England went on to win 21-16.

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