Monday January 20 2014
Llorente: I can still improve

Fernando Llorente insists he can still improve for Juventus, as he outlines the club’s determination in the Cup and how Serie A is not like La Liga.

The Spaniard has put aside a difficult start to life in Italy to find form and a regular spot in the Bianconeri’s first XI, where he has just reached double figures in goals scored.

“I’m learning a lot from the Coach, but I also know that I can grow even more,” Llorente has considered to reporters, on from scoring at the weekend against Sampdoria.

“Continuing to work as we are doing, success will arrive and it will be more beautiful.

“Slowly, I am returning to the level that I had reached in Spain. Now I am very well and I feel happy.”

Juve head out to the capital this midweek for Tuesday’s Coppa Italia quarter-final with Roma.

“It is a competition that is not a nuisance to us, but a real goal. We really want to win it, because the last two years with Conte it has been beyond the team.

“The Giallorossi are having an unbelievable League campaign, but we are even more so.

“There is not much difference, perhaps Juve is greater in concentration, aggression, finding the goal.”

Juve lead Roma by eight points in Serie A, but the 28-year-old doesn’t agree with comparisons between the Italian and Spanish top flights.

“Is Serie A becoming monotonous like La Liga? No, actually, it is a tough League, difficult. Every game must be accompanied by a lot of tension and it has never been easy for Juve to win.

“Here in Italy the first thing I learned is that any opponent can hurt you. And many times we have suffered so much, as against Chievo, or with Verona. But fighting to the end, the result has come.”

Llorente’s struggles last year with Athletic Bilbao saw him slip out of contention with the Spain squad, but his form is seen as likely to have him fighting for a place at the World Cup in Brazil.

“There is still a lot of time, anything can happen. For me and Carlos [Tevez], the important thing is to help Juve to continue along the right path.

“We are delighted for how the team is going, tomorrow is a very important match and we want to win again.

“Pogba? I’ve no fear in us losing him, in fact, I’d like him to stay here. He is young, he can still grow very much with us.”