Giampiero Ventura is confident Torino can beat Juventus in the Derby, ending an 18-year drought. “We know we can do it.”
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“We haven’t beaten the Bianconeri since 1995, but we hadn’t won at Bologna for 33 years and we still managed that last week,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“We are not afraid, though we do have great respect for a side like Juventus who won the title for two consecutive campaigns. We know our qualities, we know we can do it and I say that with the utmost respect.
“Juve are strong, but we have the belief that we can do this. The Derby is always a separate game from everything else. We have grown and are more mature than last season.”
Ventura takes inspiration from Roma Coach Rudi Garcia, whose side beat Lazio 2-0 last week.
“Garcia said ‘you don’t play a Derby, you win it’ and I can only agree. If this Torino wants to, then it can achieve something important. This should be our slogan: ‘If you want it, then you can succeed.’
“I hope the fans will flock to the game too and be able to one day say: ‘I was there.’”
Andrea Pirlo could be rested for this match, so Ventura was asked about possible tactical adjustments to compensate.
“We’d still have to face Paul Pogba the same way, even if he has different characteristics. Antonio Conte said other teams play more defensively against them, but that’s fairly normal. If I were to challenge Mike Tyson then I’d do it on a chess board rather than in a boxing ring!”