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Sunday February 23 2014
Ventura: 'Toro deserved derby draw'

Giampiero Ventura felt Torino deserved a draw against Juventus and would’ve had it with a late penalty.

“It is rare to see Juventus struggle so much in this stadium, as they put three goals past Milan, Roma and Inter here,” he told Sky Sport Italia after a 1-0 result.

“In the second half they barely had a shot on goal. There are regrets, as with a little more character we could’ve made more of our chances.”

Omar El Kaddouri appeared to be tripped by Andrea Pirlo in the final minutes, but the referee waved play on.

“Last season we conceded at the last minute, then earlier this term we lost to a goal that was offside. Now they tell me Vidal should’ve had a second yellow for handball. Seeing the footage now, I can say they were right, it was a penalty on El Kaddouri.

“That’s not the point, as Toro have improved and showed they were willing to come here and play football, not just defend. We probably deserved a point, but the derby was always going to be a stepping stone in our growth process.”

Ventura was asked why Torino appeared to be sitting back for much of the second half before pouring forward in the final half-hour.

“We had planned to leave certain spaces so that we could then go three-against-three on the counter, which we should’ve made more of.

“Unfortunately the goal came from a ball that slipped through a tiny gap, but these things can happen. We had decided beforehand to force the situation if we were trailing in the final 30 minutes based on our fitness conditions, as we couldn’t play at that tempo for 90.

“It’s a shame looking back over the footage, as we could’ve equalised with that penalty and nobody could’ve complained. With no controversy, as Juventus are the strongest team in Serie A who play the best football, but over the last three derbies there have been incidents against us. There was the Jonathas incident, then an offside goal and now a penalty when we would’ve deserved a draw.

“The results speak for Antonio Conte, he’s doing a great job and, considering our dimension in Serie A, we are doing very well too.”

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