Juventus striker Fernando Llorente has insisted that the club's disappointing pre-season form is not cause for concern as the new domestic campaign edges ever closer.
Italian giants Juve, managed by controversial figure Antonio Conte, eased to the Serie A title last season, finishing nine points cleat of nearest rivals Napoli.
However, their recent pre-season form has been surprisingly erratic, with goalless draws against AC Milan and Sassuolo followed by defeats to LA Galaxy and Premier League side Everton.
But Spain international Llorente, who arrived at Juventus Stadium form Athletic Bilbao in July on a free transfer, is happy with the club's pre-season progress and remains confident that they will be ready for the start of the new season.
He told assembled reporters: "This is not the moment where results matter. Conclusions will be drawn at the end of the season. That's why we must remain optimistic.
"We are working well at the training camps and the hard work can be tiring."
Juventus will contest the Italian Super Cup final against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on August 18 before beginning the defence of their league title with a trip to Sampdoria a week later.
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