Fernando Llorente believes Juventus’ fighting spirit was key to overturning Sassuolo’s early opener and grinding out another crucial three points in this evening’s 3-1 triumph over a side fighting for Serie A survival.
Citing his own personal experience following a challenging night on a heavy pitch, Llorente says his determination, combined with that of his team-mates, proved crucial in turning the tide in the Bianconeri’s favour.
The 29-year-old said: “I found it a difficult game because I wasn’t seeing much of the ball at a certain point, but when that happens you need to keep fighting until the end, just as we all did. And in the end it came off for us.”
The goalscorer wrapped up the win with an exquisite backheel from Stephan Lichtsteiner’s cross, but insists tonight’s goal wasn’t a new addition to his repertoire.
“It’s not the first goal I’ve scored in this manner. I also bagged a few when I played in Bilbao. It was a good movement and we need to keep getting more crosses into the box, which enable us to score more goals.”
When asked about his chances of being included in Spain’s World Cup squad, Llorente concluded by insisting his sights are currently fully fixed on ensuring a triumphant end to the season with the Bianconeri.
He added: “I’m perfectly relaxed at the moment. It’s more important to work with the team, and we’re working very well. We’ll go for our objectives and then we’ll see what happens.”