Fernando Llorente says Juventus are fully determined to defend their Scudetto crown but warns they will need to burst out of the blocks in order to fend off an improved chasing pack.
The striker, speaking ahead of this afternoon’s first pre-season workout in Vinovo, believes the Italian champions will have a host of sides vying to bring an end to their three-year Serie A dominance.
But he insists the Bianconeri’s hunger for success remains as fierce as ever and assured supporters the team will continue to work towards scaling new heights for the 2014/15 season.
The 29-year-old began: “Serie A is a league full of tough opponents as I witnessed in my first season. Roma will be stronger seeing as they took us to the wire last time out, Napoli have been there or thereabouts for a few years, Milan have a new project under Inzaghi and Inter will also be in the mix.
“We need to continue with the same form that helped us to three consecutive Scudetto titles in order to show that we are the best team in Italy.”
After initially taking some time to adapt to the rigors of Serie A at the start of last season, Llorente has already been putting in the hard yards ahead of his team mates’ return as he bids to hit the ground running this time around.
“The start of last season was quite tough for me. I had some difficulties adapting but seeing that I have begun training early in anticipation of the new campaign, I believe that I won’t suffer in the way I did.”
While the team will be gunning for league glory once again, the Spanish frontman spoke about a possible tweak in tactics helping the Bianconeri for their European exploits.
“It’s down to the manager at the end of the day. He’s a great coach and we’re all willing to play wherever we’re asked to. The training methods that he implements and the way he prepares us on a day-to-day basis will stand us in good stead for next season’s Champions League.”
Citing the example of Atletico Madrid, Llorente believes Juventus can dare to dream when taking on Europe's finest and called on the team to take their strong league momentum into the elite club competition.
“The Champions League is full of Europe’s best sides and teams who have started to strengthen by spending lots of money. However, as Atlético Madrid showed last season, if you’re able to harness a great team spirit within a fantastic group of players, you can definitely go far without splashing the cash.
“Let’s concentrate on Serie A first but if we’re able to translate our good league form into a push for European success, I’m sure we can go far. At the end of the day, we want to emulate last season’s triumphs and do even better.”