"I was very close to signing for Roma when I opted to leave Parma," said the Italy star.

"However, [Roma President Franco] Sensi opted to buy [Ivan] Pelizzoli instead from Atalanta as he was younger and on the way up."

On tomorrow's match, Buffon added: "Roma are favourites, but we are going there to have a go.

"They are clearly the stronger right now and are playing the best football in Italy, perhaps Europe.

"But we have trained well for a week as we didn't have any European commitments to contend with which has helped us sort out a few issues."