Juventus coach Conte turns on media over Llorente doubts

Juventus coach Antonio Conte is angry over criticism of Fernando Llorente's fitness.

He vented his irritation at the media’s line of questioning.

“Thinking of getting around certain difficulties with a single player is just wrong, as we play as a team – one that won the Scudetto.

“The media is trying to create a situation around Llorente that I find laughable. He arrived three weeks ago, is working hard – which is the most important thing for me – and above all barely played for a year. It is inevitable a player will encounter difficulties in those circumstances.

“We know him well, were fortunate and smart enough to sign him on a Bosman and he’s trying to get into our system. There ought to be some respect and not just hurling insults at someone or piling on the pressure to create a headline. The media creates controversy out of nothing.”

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