Coppa Italia: Round of 16 / Team rating: 5 / Top scorer: Belotti (25) / Europe: N/A
Certainly, Torino are an exciting team and Mihajlovic has looked to take the game to the opposition week after week, often fielding four attacking players. The idea has been to press high and bring their forward players Ljajic, Falque and Belotti in to play quickly. It has worked well in an attacking sense, as Toro have scored 71 times in Serie A. Regrettably, it has come at a high cost, as they have also been breached on 66 occasions.
The winter transfer window attempted to address defensive frailty with the signing of Brazilian centre-half Carlao plus an extra attacking weapon in Juan Manuel Iturbe on loan from Roma. The former was almost always injured, the latter continued his astonishing career slide.
Too often they still lacked balance tactically, the central midfield has too many gaps to cover and the team are too easy to play through.
Toro thrilled their home crowd in Week 6 as they downed the Giallorossi. Balanced and efficient on the day with a solid midfield three, they soaked up Roma’s domination of possession and broke with purpose, as a Belotti strike and Falque brace claimed the spoils.
A wonderfully gifted Napoli side played around Torino at will. Losing 5-3 at the San Paolo was bad enough, but 5-0 at home was humiliating. With the Vesuviani’s excellent trio led by Dries Mertens, Toro’s central midfield duo Daniele Baselli and Marco Benassi were constantly outnumbered and had a thankless task. In simple terms, it was an annihilation.
- Toro were the most entertaining side to watch in 2016-17, as their games involved a total 137 goals (71 scored and 66 conceded).
- Andrea Belotti is the fifth Italian since 1962 to have scored at least 25 Serie A goals after Beppe Signori, Francesco Totti, Luca Toni and Antonio Di Natale.
- The Granata scored 19 times from set pieces during their Serie A campaign, a massive 29 percent of their total.