Thursday November 7 2013
Llorente only at 60 per cent

Summer signing Fernando Llorente has assured Juventus fans that there is still much more to come from him this term.

The striker, netted on a Bosman from Athletic Bilbao, is now starting to play more regularly after being used cautiously by boss Antonio Conte at the start of the campaign.

And, after scoring a goal in each of the two Champions League games against Real Madrid, he’s told Tuttosport that he is still not near his best.

“These goals give you confidence, but I’m still not in top form,” he noted. “Two years ago, I was offering a superior level of football in the Europa League.

“I feel better with each game, but I know what I can offer and I’m aware that I can still make improvements.

“Let me say that I’m only at 60 per cent…”

Llorente netted the crucial equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Real in the week, a result which keeps their Champions League hopes alive.

“It was a good result, but the important thing was that we showed we were on the same level as a great side.

“I think if [Real ‘keeper Iker] Casillas wasn’t playing, we would have won the game. He was extraordinary, especially in the first half when he made some incredible stops.

“Now we have two tough games coming up, but I’m hopeful. We are working as a team and everyone is giving their all.”

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