Friday November 30 2012
Ventura looks to derby factor

Giampiero Ventura is hopeful that his Torino side can get at least a point when they take on Juventus this weekend.

The Granata travel to the Juventus Stadium on Saturday night as the Derby della Mole returns to Serie A.

“I got depressed after watching them play against Chelsea,” he smiled.

“We have to interpret the game in the best possible manner in order to not make it impossible for ourselves.

“We know that we are taking on the strongest side in the Division, but we’ll go to the Juventus Stadium with humility. We want to play with great serenity.

“If we didn’t have a chance of taking something out of the game then we wouldn’t even bother showing up.

“They are a hard team to face, but the derby is the derby and it is never like an ordinary game.

“I expect something special from my team, also because if you don’t do anything special against Juventus then you’ll lose. This game will tell us who we are.

He added: “We shouldn’t look at their individual players. What can make the difference for us is our collective, that is what will be fundamental.”

Ventura knows Juventus boss Antonio Conte well and he actually replaced him on the Bari bench given that the Toro man preaches 4-2-4 football.

“Conte is a friend and he has shown that he has put together one of the most organised sides in circulation.”

The veteran also pointed out that history shows that he knows how to beat the Old Lady of Italian football.

“I have a good record against Juventus and the most recent games have been positive. I’ve beat them when they had Ciro Ferrara and Gigi Del Neri on the bench.”

Ventura has faced Juve eight times in Serie A so far during spells at Cagliari, Udinese and Bari. He has three wins and five losses.

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