Friday September 20 2013
Toni: Juve’s Llorente useful, but…

Verona’s Luca Toni has doubts about how well suited Fernando Llorente is to the Juventus tactics of Antonio Conte.

The Spanish international joined the Old Lady in the summer, but he has made just one late substitute appearance in the club’s first five official games of the campaign.

“Conte, on paper at least, prefers attackers with characteristics which are different to those of Llorente,” the former Bianconero striker told Tuttosport.

“He prefers strikers who play between themselves, who help out and are also good away from the goal.

“Saying that, I’m convinced that Juventus will spend a lot of time in the penalty areas of opponents and the Spaniard will be very useful.”

Toni, who didn’t play a part in the plans of Conte in Turin, is similar in stature to the man who left Athletic Bilbao on a Bosman in the summer.

“Such situations are hard, especially for players like myself and Llorente,” the 2006 World Cup winner added.

“In order to reach top form you have to play proper games. You either like a player or you don’t – if you do then you have to play him.

“We are players who are good in the air and we like to live in the penalty area. I just hope one thing for him – a bit of luck so that he can make the most of his chance that will sooner or later be given to him.”

Toni’s Verona will face Juve at the weekend, but the former Fiorentina and Bayern Munich ace is still struggling with an ankle problem.

“I don’t think I’ll make it. I’ll need a miracle. My unavailability will hurt because facing Juventus is always stimulating and beautiful.

“I’ll still go to the Juventus Stadium though, I have a lot of people to say hello to.”

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