Sunday March 3 2013
Ventura: 'Toro demand respect'

Torino go into a relegation dogfight with Palermo in the early kick-off and Coach Giampiero Ventura warns “we demand respect.”

The Granata are ninth from bottom and 11 points clear of Palermo. Their clash starts at 11.30am GMT, click here for a match preview.

“Why is it every time I try to build something, there is somebody out there trying to destroy my work?” slammed Ventura at the start of his Press conference.

“Why do journalists write false stories and destroy everything we have been doing? I would like to see the papers write about football without inventing situations that do not exist. Toro deserve respect and we demand it.”

Ventura turned to the game in hand and the challenge of facing Palermo on Gian Piero Gasperini’s return, just a month after he was sacked.

“This is an important match for safety. The basic approach remains the same, as we need a strong performance that can bring home the result. I’d prefer not to be facing Palermo now, as the change of Coach will give them more motivation.

“When your opponents change repeatedly during a season, you must do well to read the different situations and adapt, albeit without forgetting who you are.”

Angelo Ogbonna and Abou Diop are suspended following their red cards, while Jonathas, Marko Bakic and Pablo Caceres are injured.

“I want to see a packed stadium that can grab us by the hand and lead us to victory. This is a delicate encounter and the Olimpico crowd can make the difference.”

Torino squad for Palermo: Barreto, Basha, Bianchi, Birsa, BrighiCerci, Coppola, D'Ambrosio, Darmian, Di CesareGazzi, Gillet, Glik, Masiello, Meggiorini, Menga, Rodriguez, Santana, Stevanovic, Vives

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