Friday February 7 2014
Toni: 11 lions will face Juve

Luca Toni has mused on his past with Juventus, as he promises they will face ’11 lions’ from Verona this weekend.

The Gialloblu play host to the Bianconeri this weekend and, despite surprising form in the first half of the season, are very much the underdogs against the League leaders.

Even so, their veteran striker, who spent a year with the Turin outfit, the weekend will be savoured.

“We face them calmly, beating Sassuolo [last weekend] interrupted a run of three defeats,” Toni has considered in Il Giornale today.

“We will go into the field as 11 lions, to cause them problems.

“My Juve past? At Juve I had a bad injury to my knee, so I did not always play to my best, and I did not reach my potential, but I came away with complete satisfaction.

“I scored my 100th goal in Serie A with Juventus and also the first in the new stadium, in August, in a friendly against the English side Notts County.

“My exit? It was just that Antonio Conte wanted to make other choices, upon his arrival. Unfortunately he had different ideas, preferring strikers with different characteristics. And younger.”

“Pirlo and Buffon? They are two champions, they still make the difference. They represent the weapons in a squad that is already strong. They are the favourites for the Europa League.”

Toni has netted 10 goals for Verona in Serie A this season.

“I’m happy for the team, we have 35 points and we are just lacking securing League survival. They are a nice group of players, it is possible for us to continue, to repeat the first round [of the season].

“There is so much enthusiasm, the fans follow us everywhere.

“Could I make the World Cup? If I am going to Brazil then I will be happy. Otherwise, I will just stay at home and support Italy as a fan.”

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