Walter Mazzarri warned Torino not to “underestimate a well-organised SPAL who are particularly dangerous on set plays.”
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“We need a fantastic performance, because SPAL are well-organised and particularly dangerous on set plays, which is why they score so many headers,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“I am trying to get my players to understand the dangers involved here, as we must be concentrated and respect our opponents even more than usual. I gave them a good talking to during training when I saw them joking around.
“This time, at long last, we need to find some consistency from one game to the next. My ideal Toro performance was the one against Sampdoria, so it doesn’t matter who plays, but how we play.”
Soualiho Meite returns after a two-match ban, but defender Koffi Djidji is struggling with injury and not expected to start, while Vittorio Parigini hasn’t made the trip.
“We don’t have another midfielder with Meite’s characteristics, as perhaps only Tomas Rincon comes close for physicality. In attack, Simone Zaza and Andrea Belotti both constantly cause opposition defenders headaches and they are starting to get to know each other a little better now.”
Torino squad for SPAL: Ichazo, Rosati, Sirigu; Ola Aina, Ansaldi, Bremer, De Silvestri, Djidji, Ferigra, Izzo, Moretti, Nkoulou; Baselli, Berenguer, Lukic, Meite, Rincon; Belotti, Iago Falque, Millico, Zaza