Sunday April 26 2015
Maxi Lopez: 'Historic Derby della Mole'

Torino's Maxi Lopez claims the opportunity of beating Juventus is “unmissable,” while considering the Azzurri option.

The Derby della Mole kicks off today at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT), click here for a match preview.

The Granata, seldom the favourites in their derby, haven't beaten the Old Lady since 1995, but the striker doesn't rule out the possibility of it happening now.

“It would be fantastic for our people to return to victory after 20 years. Just think of the celebration,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We all have the opportunity of writing an historic page in the book of the Granata, and I don't intend to let it slip by.

“Juventus can be defeated. It's the people that spur you on. In days like these you breathe in history and tradition, everything becomes very mystical. Certain games are exciting to experience.

“As for my future, I try not to think about it now, the upcoming game is far too important, for ourselves and for the supporters alike. But my priority is with Torino, full stop.”

The 31-year-old also took the chance to discuss the possibility of playing with the Italian national team.

“At the age of 16 I already had the passport. My grandparents are Italian, and I've always been proud of my Italian heritage.

“Theoretically, I could play for the Azzurri. There have been times when I could have been a serious candidate for a call-up, but I'm not thinking about that anymore.

“It's very difficult, besides which, my national team is Torino.

“Going to Russia when I was 23 was a mistake. I threw away a solid portion of my career. I came to Barcelona when I was 21, but I got injured right away in a clash against [Carles] Puyol and I wasted quite a bit of time.

“Still, at Barcelona I won the Liga twice and the Champions League once.”

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