Saturday October 24 2020
Giampaolo: 'Torino believe in me'

Marco Giampaolo insists Torino are still right behind him after fumbling a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 at Sassuolo. ‘This game strengthened our resolve.’

The Granata finally picked up their first point of the campaign, but felt it should’ve been more after leading 3-1 at the Mapei Stadium.

They conceded two goals in as many minutes for the final 3-3 result.

“Sassuolo are the kind of team that force you to play badly, because they pass it better than anyone else,” Giampaolo told Sky Sport Italia.

“If you are not organised, you get deeper and deeper until they know where to hurt you. We played with faith in our capabilities and the team put in a strong performance. It’s disappointing, because the lads need results in order to keep believing in what we’re doing.

“I do think this game strengthened our resolve, though, as Toro showed great spirit of sacrifice. We had prepared this strategy for three days, but in the end the players make the difference.”

Torino have just one point from four Serie A matches, as their fixture with Genoa was postponed due to COVID, so sit at the bottom of the table.

However, Giampaolo denies reports he is down to his last few chances before facing the sack.

“When we reached an agreement over the summer, the first thing I did was reaffirm what my concepts of football were. The club reassured me and are still by my side to this day, I haven’t noticed any irritation and neither have the players.

“I know that time in football can be a bit of an abstract concept, because you need points, but progress is also measured in the attitude of the lads and the belief in what we’re working on.”