Walter Mazzarri felt the Torino “heart was rewarded this evening” in their 3-2 win away to Atalanta. “My players achieved something exceptional.”
The Granata were the underdogs going in, as they played the Europa League clash with Wolves on Thursday and were missing several key players, including Simone Zaza, but still emerged with a 3-2 victory.
“My players gave their soul and in the circumstances, it almost seemed as if Atalanta were more exhausted than we were,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“We could’ve had more, but made the wrong decision in the final third. We were up against Atalanta, one of the strongest teams in the division, so I can only praise my players for achieving something exceptional.
“Perhaps it is one of the best victories in my time here. The only real banana skin we slipped on was with Wolves, but otherwise these lads are doing remarkable things for seven-eight months.
“Let’s not forget, we were missing five first choice players tonight, hardly bit-part players. It is a united group with a strong organisation. Andrea Belotti fought like a lion.
“Andrea Baselli is starting to refine his foot and get the passes precise, especially with free kicks. Atalanta had fresh legs and the Toro heart was rewarded this evening.”