NEWS
Thursday August 29 2019
Cairo: 'Positive Torino thoughts'

Torino President Urbano Cairo focused on “positive thoughts” ahead of the Europa League play-off with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups, and a miracle is needed after their 3-2 home defeat in the first leg.

“We prepared for this game with a lot of determination and eagerness to do well. The lads look fired up and concentrated, so all we can do is cross our fingers,” Cairo told Sky Sport Italia.

Toro have been rocked over the last week by the Nicolas Nkoulou controversy, as the defender effectively refused to play and demanded a transfer.

“I saw the players focused on the objective and Nkoulou was something we didn’t even talk about. It was important to focus our energy on positives, the great players, impressive form of some players in particular, and I came with the team yesterday because I wanted to show them how much I believe in their capabilities.”

Both Wolves and Torino finished seventh in their leagues last season, but Cairo warns their transfer capabilities are incomparable.

“The gap fundamentally is an economic one, as the Premier League is worth three times as much as Serie A when it comes to revenue. If the Champions League and Europa League Finals were all English, that means something.

“However, these are just two games, we must try to go beyond the difference in financial clout and try to win on the field. The important thing tonight is to score goals and lots of them.”

The Serie A transfer window won’t close until September 2, so Toro are still trying to bring in reinforcements.

“This is a match that completes the preliminary rounds of the Europa League. In any case, we have Serie A and the Coppa Italia, so need to bring in the missing elements to make this team as competitive as possible.

“There are various options open, we won’t name names, but will work for what we consider most useful to the squad.”

Just over 450 Torino fans have travelled to Wolverhampton for the game.