The 39-year-old was in goal as Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the 2015 final at Berlin's Olympiastadion and didn't expect to have another shot at European glory.
"We had a good run ... we don't have many regrets about this European campaign", he said.
The goal also put an end to Juventus' 689-minute shutout streak - the second longest in Champions League history. "I am glad for the lads, they reached the final, but from tomorrow we have to focus, because we've won nothing yet". "In order we have the championship, the Italian Cup and the Champions [League], there is no time for slacking, we have to take care of the details and we have a month to get ready for Cardiff".
Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, background, hugs Monaco's Kylian Mbappe after the Champions League semi final second leg soccer match between Juventus and Monaco in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
"People think I'm insane, but when it comes to work I know what I have to do". "In three years time this squad will be 25, 30 percent better".
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Massimiliano Allegri's men will face Real or Atletico Madrid - the former leading that tie 3-0 - in the final in Cardiff on June 3.
Monaco's left-back Benjamin Mendy was given a last-minute call into the starting line-up after Nabil Dirar suffered an injury in the warm-up, and their head coach Leonardo Jardim had to change the team's set-up as 3-5-2 which was much familiar to their Italian opponents. Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, to name only the most notable players, could all be leaving.
Arsenal are not known to make quick decisions, and with that Wenger hold to remain for what looks like two more seasons, it looks like being another summer (and then the season) of discontent for the team from North London. "I don't think there are any favourites".
Before scoring, Juventus wasted two clear opportunities - one with striker Gonzalo Higuain and then a Mandzukic effort saved by goalie Danijel Subasic.
The Bianconeri were the favourites at Juventus stadium after the crucial away win last week, but the hosts appeared a little nervous at the start. "To play in another final of such a massive competition is great for everybody".