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Juventus Stadium 10th November 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Rocchi

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Serie A: Fernando Llorente expects Juventus to be at their best against Napoli

Last Updated: 09/11/13 12:35pm

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Fernando Llorente: Huge performance needed

Fernando Llorente: Huge performance needed

Juventus striker Fernando Llorente believes the team must be on their game on Sunday night against Napoli if they are to remain perfect at home.

Like Juve, Napoli have enjoyed a strong start to the campaign.

Both sides have each won nine games and lost just once and are only three points behind Serie A leaders Roma after 11 games.

"Napoli is a club of a very high level," Llorente said. "They are doing really well and we will have to hand a superb performance to come out winners.

"We have won all of our games at home and the fans will give us a big boost as always.

"This game means a lot, even though there are still many games left to play in the season.

"I believe these points could be crucial for the campaign."

The two teams go into the match after midweek Champions League games.

Juventus held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday to keep their options of progressing to the next round alive, and Napoli edged Marseille 3-2 on Wednesday.

A point at Borussia Dortmund in their next European match on November 26 would be enough for the Azzurri to progress to the knockout round.

"It was important for us to win," Napoli coach Rafa Benitez said. "I am satisfied with the result.

"Now we must focus on the game against Juve.

"Juve are favourites to win because they have one extra day to prepare for the encounter."

Napoli have not won in Turin since beating Juve 3-2 in October 2009.

They will be without midfielder Giandomenico Mesto, who hurt his knee in last weekend's 2-1 triumph over Catania and will be sidelined for four months.

Llorente, who came on as a second-half substitute in in Sunday's 1-0 triumph at Parma, is expected to partner Carlos Tevez in Juve's attack.

Antonio Conte's men will have to keep a close eye on Napoli's front-line.

Marek Hamsik, Jose Maria Callejon and Gonzalo Higuain have scored 17 of Napoli's 24 goals in Serie A.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 32 73
2 Lazio 32 59
3 Roma 32 58
4 Napoli 32 56
5 Sampdoria 32 50
6 Fiorentina 32 49
7 Genoa 32 47
8 Torino 32 47
9 Inter Milan 32 45
10 AC Milan 32 43
11 Palermo 32 41
12 Verona 32 39
13 Udinese 32 38
14 Chievo 32 37
15 Sassuolo 32 36
16 Empoli 32 35
17 Atalanta 32 31
18 Cagliari 32 24
19 Cesena 32 23
20 Parma 32 16

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