Llorente predicts 'decisive' Milan-Juventus clash

The Bianconeri hitman wants his team-mates to deliver a statement of intent at San Siro and retains hope of going to the World Cup with Spain
Fernando Llorente believes Juventus' clash with AC Milan on Sunday is crucial to their hopes of winning Serie A.

The Bianconeri sit eight points ahead of second-placed Roma in Serie A, but Llorente insists the Italian champions cannot take their foot off the pedal against Clarence Seedorf's recovering outfit.

"We do not fear anybody and are going to San Siro in order to win, even if Milan are improving under Seedorf," the 29-year-old told Sport Mediaset.

"We know how important this game is, as it’s a decisive game for the Scudetto. Milan are a good team, but we have no concerns.

"Our aim is to win the title and for that a win at San Siro is crucial. We are the team to beat and it won’t be easy for anyone."

The striker moved to Turin on a free transfer last summer and has progressed into a key element of Antonio Conte's squad, something he hopes stands him in good stead in his bid to make the World Cup with Spain.

"I am happy to have him [Conte] as coach. I needed to work very hard at the start to assimilate the playing style of the team, but that was the way it had to be," he continued. 

"There’s a long way to go before the World Cup. I have to think about doing well with Juventus, which right now is the most important thing."

Llorente has now scored 12 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions for the Old Lady, but was overlooked by Vicente del Bosque for his latest squad.