Wednesday August 13 2014
'CL very difficult, but Juve believe'

Fernando Llorente has admitted that it will be ‘very difficult’ for Juventus to compete in the Champions League this season.

The Bianconeri were knocked out of Europe’s elite club competition at the group stage last time out.

But the Spanish striker believes that that experience could help them into the latter stages during this campaign.

“We will give our all,” he told Tuttosport. “It’s clear that things will be very difficult.

“But last year, for example, no one thought that Atletico Madrid would get all the way to the final.

“We have to work hard in every game, but we have to believe we can do it.”

The 29-year-old also commented on his relationship with Alvaro Morata and his former club Athletic Bilbao – who take on Napoli in the Champions League qualifiers.

“Alvaro and I have a good relationship. We speak, and I told him how good it was here.

“I think the competition for places will be good for everyone. We’ve spent a lot of time together in Turin – he’s a friend, not a rival.

“I’ll continue to help him. He’s a great striker and I’m glad he’s here.

“Napoli will be favourites, but of course I am cheering on Athletic. I’ve already spoken to some of my old teammates and told them about Napoli.

“But if they leave San Paolo with a good result, they have a great chance of going through.”