Fernando Llorente has told reporters he is fully focused on helping Juventus reaffirm their domestic supremacy by sealing a third consecutive Scudetto at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
The Pamplona-born frontman’s arrival at Chatillon’s press suite was met by scenes of excitement as supporters gathered outside to sneak a glimpse of their new goalscoring hero.
Discussing his first impressions of the club, Llorente began: “I’ve never seen anything like it. The welcome from the fans is incredible wherever we go. Juventus are a team that can be compared to Barcelona, Real Madrid and the best in Europe. It’s a really high step up in quality and I’m here to improve.”
While outlining his desire to scoop a Serie A winners medal in his first season with the club, the Spanish international claims he also has his sights set on helping Juventus establish their credentials as a force to be reckoned with in Europe.
“Our most important objective is to win a third consecutive title. The Champions League is a dream for all concerned, we’re working towards this in order to do as well as we possibly can.
“We know that every game in Europe is difficult and anything could happen. We mustn’t put ourselves under pressure, it’s better to take each game as it comes.”
Having completed his move just in time for the start of the Bianconeri’s pre-season training camp, Llorente has spent the first week in Chatillon adjusting to the intricate methods of Antonio Conte.
“I think Conte’s methods are excellent, I’m really happy to be working alongside him. The work we’re doing is both good and tough, but that’s how it should be if we want to improve.
“I’ve been asked to learn the movements that all the strikers run through. They’ve got a way of playing and I need to adapt to it. I’m getting there gradually and now all that remains is for me to continue to work.”
Llorente is about to embark on his first experience of Italian football and, despite refusing to be drawn on the identity of Juventus’ most realistic challengers, is under no illusions of the tough task that lies ahead in a competitive championship.
“I think it will be a tough league season. Many teams are strengthening this summer but I still think it’s still too early to know who our main rivals will be this season. Time will tell.
“I don’t think that Serie A is low in quality. It’s very similar to La Liga and the Premier League. In fact, I would put it on a par with them.”