Fernando Llorente is excited to face former club Juventus in the Champions League
Monday, February 12, 2018
Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente has admitted he ‘misses Juventus like crazy’ and ‘would love to return’ to the Italian giants.
Llorente spent two seasons in Turin, winning two Serie A titles and one Coppa Italia, as well as reaching the Champions League final.
Speaking to Italian newspaper Tuttosport ahead of Tuesday’s game, the striker said: “I experienced unforgettable moments at Juventus. All the fans continue to show me great affection via social media. They make me feel as if I was there for ten years rather than two.
“Juve is a difficult place to leave. I left the Vinovo training ground crying. It’s also true what David Trezeguet said: ‘It’s only when you leave Juventus that you realise what you had’.
“I miss it like crazy and would love to return. It’s a special club because, despite being an enormous club, it’s like a family inside.”
Despite leaving in 2015, Llorente says he still has friends at the club and is expecting a tough test when Spurs travel to Turin this week.
“I spoke to Claudio Marchisio, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Giorgione Chiellini – it’ll be tough and I expect two rugged games, but we believe,” he added.
“I am ready to face Chiellini and also accustomed to getting a few knocks: I trained with him for two years! Giorgio trains the way he plays, he’s super professional. I’d love to have 11 Chiellinis in my team. The Juventus defence is fantastic, so for a striker to score against them always feels like a huge achievement.
“I already scored against Buffon in Seville, we went into the Europa League and then won that tournament. Buffon is the best captain I ever had. We spoke lately for his 40th birthday. I told him that he’s in such good shape he can play until 45.”