Prandelli defends Buffon from Beckenbauer

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has backed Gianluigi Buffon after Franz Beckenbauer labelled the Juventus custodian a 'pensioner'.

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Beckenbauer's comments came after Juventus' 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich, where Buffon was at fault for the second goal scored by David Alaba.

Buffon himself responded by apologising to the fans and his team mates - a move which Prandelli feels embodies the maturity and experience of Buffon.

"He responded well with great balance and irony," the Italy tactician said on Football Italia,"He'll show his maturity with his reaction on the field of play.

"Besides, pensioners are wise people..."

Juventus director Beppe Marotta also felt that Beckenbauer crossed the line in criticising Buffon.

"Certain statements from an icon like Beckenbauer can hurt," director general Marotta commented.

"They touch another icon who is named Buffon, a player who has given great satisfaction to not just Juventus fans with his performances, but also those of the national side.

"Additionally, he is a special man, a great professional full of humanity and someone who is seen as an example by youngsters.

"He should be respected."

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