Fernando Llorente was all smiles after his second-half equaliser earned Juventus a point from this evening’s 1-1 draw with Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.
The 28-year-old put in the hard yards as the Bianconeri’s lone striker following the dismissal of Gigi Buffon within the opening 30 minutes and got his reward when Stephan Lichtsteiner centered for him to nod past Etrit Berisha on the hour mark.
Expressing his delight after the final whistle, Llorente began: “I’m very happy, now we must keep winning, putting in more crosses and scoring more goals. It was a hard game with a men down, but even in a tough moment we managed to show our strength.”
The Spaniard's equaliser took his quota of headed Serie A goals to five, making him the division’s most lethal marksman in the air.
And even after the 10-men of Juventus fought back in difficult circumstances, they still refused to take their foot off the accelerator.
“We wanted to win our 13th consecutive game, we gave it our best shot but it was difficult. The draw was a fair result in the end.”
The rich vein of form currently enjoyed by the Pamplona-born frontman in the black and white stripes is unlikely to go unnoticed by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, who will use the remainder of the season to formalise his plans for this summer’s World Cup.
But before considering his international credentials, Llorente insists he is determined to focus exclusively on the Bianconeri for the time being.
He concluded: “There’s still a long way to go and stiff competition for places. All I’m currently aiming for is helping Juventus to win. I need to be focused on the team and then we’ll see as far as the rest is concerned.”