Ventura Pleased With Torino Progress
The Granata secured a comfortable friendly victory against Cypriot side Apollon Limassol marked by goals from Marcelo Larrondo, a Riccardo Meggiorini penalty and a strike from new signing Ciro Immobile that brought his pre-season goal tally to seven.
Speaking to TorinoFC.it after the match, Ventura reasoned, “This game is not possible without the attention, willingness and openness that the boys have displayed from the first day of training”
Having changed to a new formation over the summer, Ventura noted the difficulty his squad were having adapting.
“It will take a little patience, but I am grateful to the guys for what they are doing”, and the former Bari coach was also keen to explain how he thought the team might benefit from the new system.
“This season I think the strikers will have greater opportunities to score, we have more midfielders and fewer wide players” he added, before adding a word of caution about the team, mentioning those who didn’t take part in the match.
“We lacked important players such as Alessio Cerci, who is not yet fully fit, and then Matteo Brighi, Alessandro Gazzi and Barreto, which gives me confidence”.
Torino’s campaign begins with a Coppa Italia game in ten days time, and Ventura admitted the squad will work a little less hard in the build-up to their season curtain-raiser.