Lanzafame wary of Rovers threat

Juventus forward Davide Lanzafame admitted his side's Europa League third-qualifying-round meeting against Shamrock Rovers would be a voyage into the unknown.

Juventus forward Davide Lanzafame admitted his side's Europa League third-qualifying-round meeting against Shamrock Rovers would be a voyage into the unknown.

The Irish side yesterday completed an aggregate win over Bnei Yehuda to book a glamour tie against the Italian giants.

Lanzafame was not too displeased with the outcome.

“Seeing the length of the trip, it is better to travel to Ireland then to Israel,” he told Juventus Channel. “We do not know Shamrock Rovers, however and therefore we have to study them through videos.”

Last season was a huge disappointment to the Bianconeri as their Serie A title challenge slid away alarmingly in the second half of the season and they could finish only seventh.

Lanzafame, who spent most of last season at Parma on loan from co-owners Juve and Palermo, believes they are building well for the coming campaign.

He said: “We are improving and now that the internationals are back we are working very much on tactics, adding new elements to our targets and we will be ready for the friendly match against Lyon and the Europa League match.

“We need time (to be a team). At first you get to know each other and get used to one another but to become a team you need months of work.”

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