Sunday April 27 2014
Ventura: 'Torino beyond normal'

Giampiero Ventura admits he didn’t expect Torino to be leading the race for Europa League qualification.

Thanks to their 2-0 victory over Udinese today and a superior head-to-head record with Lazio and Verona, as things stand the Granata would be in sixth place.

“Let’s end the season now, then!” joked the Coach on Sky Sport Italia.

“We want to put ourselves up for the challenge. I will admit that from the first day of pre-season our objective was to work on a group of young and less young players to create a solid group for the future.

“Clearly, now that we are up there with three rounds to go and as of today we’d be in Europe, it’s only natural that we try. I’m glad the fans have rediscovered the pride of cheering for the Granata.

“However, it is much more important to think of Ciro Immobile’s 21 goals and the chances Immobile, Alessio Cerci and Matteo Darmian have of going to the World Cup.

“I don’t want to sponsor anyone. I’ll just say that Ciro works hard for the team and chases the ball back down. At this moment he is beyond normal levels and he’s right to aim for the World Cup. To score 21 Serie A goals without penalties is an impressive statistic.

“Torino have grown in terms of mentality. We have a structure now, our own way of reading the tactical situations.

“I think that next season, based on the transfer campaign, Torino’s objective must be to do even better than this year.”

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