Simone Zaza admits he’s turned over a new leaf at Torino this season and called Wolverhampton Wanderers “a bit strange for an English club.”
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“We all know Wolverhampton are a strong team, they are a bit strange for an English club, as they have so many Portuguese and Spanish players,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“I know the Coach really motivates his players and we have the utmost respect for them. We’ll try to enjoy ourselves in this wonderful occasion, but also know we can achieve something truly important for Torino.”
Zaza has been very impressive in the two preliminary rounds so far and was asked what had changed from last season.
“I am still the same guy, but last season I had a few problems, mainly my own fault, but I had the chance to work from the start of pre-season with Torino this time and that helped a great deal.
“We’ve all started well, I am happy with my summer so far and hope we can keep building on that.”
Walter Mazzarri had expressed doubts that Zaza could play alongside Andrea Belotti, but they are starting to form a real partnership.
“Andrea is a guy who likes to help everyone, so he helped me during difficult moments, as did all my teammates. We get along well and our rapport on the field is getting stronger all the time, as last season we didn’t have many opportunities to play together and that’s what we need to keep improving.”