Fernando Llorente has called on Juventus to put last night’s Europa League disappointment behind them by clinching a third consecutive Scudetto when they take to the field against Atalanta on Monday night.
The striker shared his team-mates’ belief that luck was not on the Bianconeri’s side in last night’s game against Benfica and paid tribute to the unwavering support of a sell-out Juventus Stadium crowd.
Speaking to Cristina Chiabotto on Jtv’s ‘Filo Diretto’, the 29-year-old said: “It’s been tough for us to take because we wanted to go through to the final and win it. We definitely deserved more than we got, but that’s football for you, when the ball doesn’t want to go in that’s how it goes.
“I must thank all the fans for their support. They were incredible yesterday, we needed them and they made themselves heard throughout the entire game. It’s a shame we weren’t able to repay them by going through.”
“Now we must forget what happened and think about Monday, when a win would clinch us the Scudetto. It could be an extremely important day for us and it would be an immense joy for us to win it.”
Llorente’s 15 goals in Serie A have contributed to lifting the Bianconeri to the brink of a historic success, and he expressed his satisfaction with his debut campaign following a summer move from Bilbao.
He concluded: “It wasn’t an easy start. I approached it following a difficult year and needed to get back into the swing of things. I managed to do this due to the help of Conte and his backroom staff. I’m happy because I think I’ve enjoyed a decent season, especially considering that it’s my first in Serie A with a new team.”