This afternoon is the Turin Derby and Alessio Cerci feels it is “the perfect timing” for the two rival clubs.
Torino welcome rivals Juventus, who cannot mathematically win the Scudetto today as Napoli beat Pescara 3-0 last night. Click here for a match preview .
“The timing is perfect,” smiled Cerci in Tuttosport. “If this game is important for Juve, then it is even more important for Toro. We are extremely concentrated and could enter the history books, though we know it will take more than a normal performance to beat Juventus.
“We’ve got to face this game as if we were fighting for our lives, with blood in our eyes. I never like using this imagery, but this time it’s necessary. We need to pull out that something extra.”
When asked which of the Juventus players he would remove from the match, Cerci picked Arturo Vidal.
“It would be too obvious to say Andrea Pirlo or Gigi Buffon, so I choose Vidal. He really impressed me, is a complete midfielder, very physical and extraordinary at timing his forward runs.”
Cerci is already a fan favourite with the Granata, although he is still co-owned by Fiorentina and several clubs are interested in taking him on.
“At the end of the season, we’ll all decide together. I feel very close to Torino and the city of Turin, as I was immediately made to feel like an important player here. I need that in order to give my best. If I have reached the Italy squad, then it is thanks to Toro.”
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