Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [rahimahullaah] said:

And how excellent is what [Imaam] Shaafi-ee [rahimahullaah] stated in his Risaalah [that]: ”They [i.e. the Sahaabah] are above us in every affair of knowledge in the [religion], in intelligence and virtue; in all the means to acquiring knowledge [of the religion] and guidance. And their opinions are better for us than the views we hold ourselves.”

[Majmoo Al-Fataawaa: 4/158]