Llorente: Juventus must not fear Galatasaray

Fernando Llorente believes Juventus should going towards its decisive final Champions League group game without any type of fear.

The Serie A champions handle Galatasaray at the Turk Telecom Arena knowing that a draw would suffice to take it with to the ko stages, and Llorente believes that his side will have the ability to generate the items in Turkey.

“It’s true, we didn’t start in the best way,” said the Spaniard when asked about Juve’s European campaign so far. “But the team is strong, we got back into the race and we have earned the opportunity to advance to the next stage. We have to do what we always do, train hard and play smart, always staying focused and concentrate on what we are doing.

“We should not be afraid and if we give 100 percent on the field we will be able to progress.”

The Italian giants are presently in great form and gained their seventh league suit on the spin when they defeat Bologna 2-0 on Friday.

The Turkish opponents know that only a succeed suffices to see them get 2nd location in the group on Tuesday and even though Antonio Conte’s side will be without the influential Andrea Pirlo, Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini insists the Biaconeri have ample strength comprehensive.

“Pirlo is certainly a fundamental player, the one who sets the tempo,” Mancini told Tuttosport. “But it’s also true they still have Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio and Paul Pogba. It’s not as if their midfield is in bad shape.”

The fromer Manchester City coach realizes that his side experiences an uphill struggle if it wishes to stay in the competitors beyond Christmas, but he hopes that playing in front of a lively home crowd could provide his side the side in the all-or-nothing tie.

“What worries me is that Juve can be happy with a draw and still qualify,” he said. “We have the utmost respect for them, as they are one of the best teams in Europe, getting better every year, and it will be tough for us. I think we need to be calm when playing football, not tense or full of doubt.

“What we must first of all do on Tuesday is step on to that pitch aware that we have a chance and can gamble with our chips. We are playing at home, which is an advantage, and anything can happen in a football match.”

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