Llorente remaining cautious

The Turin giants are five points clear of Roma at the top of Serie A heading into the halfway point of the season.

Juve beat Hellas Verona 4-0 last weekend in Serie A having three days earlier demolished the same opponents 6-1 to reach the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

“It was very important to beat Hellas on Sunday,” Llorente told the Italian press. “We are five points clear of Roma but there is a long way to go.

“Roma have proved they are a very good side.

“We just have to focus on ourselves and continue on our path.

“Every game is challenging and if you relax for a minute you can pay the price.”

Juve have lost just once in 19 league games.

The Bianconeri boast the best attack and defence in the competition, with the Turin giants having found the back of the net 42 times while only conceding nine goals.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri is expected to keep changes to the side that beat Hellas to a minimum, although defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and midfielder Arturo Vidal have recovered from injury and are in line to start.

Chievo coach Rolando Maran is aware his side will need to be at their very best if they are to end Juve’s unbeaten run at home this season.

“We know we face a very difficult game,” Maran said. “We cannot afford to make any mistakes because Juve will take no time in making us pay.

“We have to make the most of our chances and put Juve under pressure.”

Chievo go into the encounter on the back of last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Fiorentina.

The Flying Donkeys have not come out triumphant since December 21 and are 17th in the standings, just two points clear of the drop zone.

The visitors will be without experienced defender Bostjan Cesar, who serves a one-match ban.

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