Fernando Llorente says he is looking to gun down “lucky opponents” Udinese on Saturday with a third goalscoring contribution in as many games against the Zebrette.
The Spaniard scored the decisive goal in both of last season’s encounters but admits December’s last-gasp winner at Juventus Stadium has a special place in his heart.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sport Italia, the 29-year-old began: “It was a wonderful and decisive moment. It was a poacher’s finish and I needed to be in the right place at the right time and ready to pounce. Those three points were really important for us. I hope Udinese bring me good luck once again and that I can help the team out with a goal.”
A winning start against Chievo a fortnight ago means the Bianconeri approach this weekend’s encounter in good spirits.
And, after training well during the week, Llorente is confident the team is in good shape and capable of claiming maximum points from an intriguing test against a revamped Udinese outfit.
“The team is ready, there are plenty of players who can play and whoever gets the nod will do a fine job. We’re working very well and are all set for Saturday’s game.”
The visit of the Zebrette marks Massimiliano Allegri’s first game in the Juventus Stadium dugout - and Llorente is adamant the new boss has what it takes to bring continued success to Turin.
“He’s a coach with clear ideas on how he wants to play, and he’s putting these across very well to the team. He’s only been here a short time, but you can tell he’s a great manager with a winning mentality. He’ll also be able to taste success here.”
The options available to Allegri in attack will soon be bolstered by the impending return of Alvaro Morata, a player his fellow countryman believes will offer the Bianconeri frontline an exciting new dimension.
“Morata is very mobile, possesses pace to burn and can finish. I think he’ll do very well here. Coman has all the makings of a great player and showed the composure of an experienced performer on his debut.”
After taking on Udinese, Juventus will immediately turn their attentions to Tuesday night’s Champions League Group A opener against Malmo.
And, whilst acknowledging the high standard of competition the Bianconeri find themselves up against, Llorente remains upbeat regarding the team's chances of progression.
“We’re up against some decent teams, but we believe in ourselves. Let’s see where we end up, we’ll do all we can to go as far as possible.”