Wednesday February 19 2014
'We gambled on Immobile and won'

Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi claims that the club are doing so well this season because of four men.

Il Toro are currently joint sixth in the table, bidding for a Europa League place thanks to the performances of Alessio Cerci, Ciro Immobile, Omar El Kaddouri and Coach Giampiero Ventura.

“I prefer to keep a low profile,” he told Tuttosport. “But for once I have to say that the victory over Verona filled me with happiness.

“The vast majority of people say that Torino and Verona are the revelations of the season, and there is a reason for that.

“I was hoping Cerci would perform for us this season, and he has delivered. It’s clear that when he’s 100 per cent, he brings so much to this team.

“He is the sort of player that can produce a moment of magic – he makes the difference.

“Immobile? I have to say he is visibly growing in front of our eyes. This summer Ventura and I were the only ones that could see his potential.

“No one was willing to bet a euro on him, but Ventura and I did, and so far we’ve won.

“El Kaddouri is the same as well. The Coach talked about him over the summer, and he knew that all the lad needed was confidence.

“Hopefully Omar sees that we have complete faith in him, and will keep on delivering the results.”