Saturday February 1 2014
Ventura rues wasted opportunity

Giampiero Ventura was left to rue Torino’s missed opportunity to take all three points from Milan.

Ciro Immobile had opened the scoring and Alexander Farnerud nodded over from close range, but in the second half Adil Rami made the final result 1-1.

“You can never be sure at San Siro, but we had the chance to go 2-0 up and it certainly would’ve made it more difficult for Milan,” sighed the Coach on Sky Sport Italia.

“Our objective was the result, but even more so trying to see how much work we still need to do in order to make our mark. We always try to play football and the first half was decidedly positive.

“We seemed a little frightened after the break, as Milan closed down more of the spaces and we suffered a little. I think it is overall an entirely deserved point, as not many teams come to San Siro playing this openly.

“I am happy for the players, the fans and the club, as we are doing well this season. We’re fifth tonight!”

Torino are challenging for a Europa League spot and in recent weeks are second only to Juventus in terms of points amassed.

“From the first day I said our objective was neither safety nor Europe. We wanted to become protagonists in Serie A and we are growing game by game.

“I think Verona had an extraordinary start to the season, so they are the real surprise package of the campaign,” said Ventura.

Torino have also impressed by getting the most out of young players like Nikola Maksimovic and goalkeeper Daniele Padelli.

“Maksimovic didn’t understand Italian or our football, but he had the humility to work, learn and after four months of not playing a single minute he is becoming an integral part of the team.

“If you believe in the potential of a player, you have to give them the opportunity to prove themselves. If you don’t let the 20-year-olds play, they’re not going to grow. I had Padelli at Bari and he always trained hard even when he didn’t get to play, so I went against the grain and put my faith in him for this season.

“I think playing regularly has given him the maturity he wouldn’t have gained otherwise, so next term he’ll be even stronger.”