Saturday February 8 2020
Longo: 'Torino threw it away'

Moreno Longo insists he hasn’t had enough time to resolve the same old Torino problems after a 3-1 defeat to Sampdoria. “We can’t be exhausted after an hour.”

The Granata had taken the lead with Simone Verdi’s first goal for the club, but within nine minutes they had conceded three goals, including a Fabio Quagliarella penalty.

“We had a good start and the first 25 minutes were strong, despite the fact we haven’t really had much time to get different tactical concepts across in just four days of training,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

Longo was only appointed on Wednesday after Walter Mazzarri agreed a contract termination by mutual consent.

“Unfortunately, we had taken the lead and then threw it all away by gifting two goals to Sampdoria. We must rediscover our balance and that strength to keep the game on the right track, not be so fragile in difficult moments.”

Longo was asked why he barely changed any tactics or personnel from the side that Mazzarri had struggled with lately.

“We are evaluating whether to change system once Simone Zaza and Daniele Baselli recover from injury, but at this moment the team is in a negative loop and everything feels more difficult.

“We’ve got to work on the minds of the players as well as improve their physical fitness levels. We cannot have players who are exhausted after an hour of every match.”