Sunday, 12 August 2018

Torino v Cosenza Preview

Torino will begin the 2018/19 season with a Coppa Italia clash against newly promoted Serie B side Cosenza at the Stadio Grande Torino on Sunday evening.

New signings Bremer and Soualiho Meïté are expected to make their competitive debuts, after both players impressed in the pre season friendly against Liverpool on Tuesday.

Cosenza gained promotion to Serie B after a surprise playoff victory over Siena last season and have already knocked out Trapani in the Coppa Italia following a 2-1 victory after extra time.

The Calabrians have already received plaudits from Toro supporters for choosing to visit Superga to pay their respects to Grande Torino on the eve of the game.

Prediction
Torino 3-0 Cosenza

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Serie A 2018/19 fixtures released

Torino will have a difficult start to the new Serie A season, as they begin with a home fixture against Roma on Sunday 19th August.

Things will not get any easier the following week as they travel to Milan to face Inter in their first away fixture.

The first derby will take place on December 16th at Stadio Grande Torino, whilst the away derby will take place on the 5th May, just 24 hours after the 70th anniversary of the Superga plane crash.

Torino will end the season with a home fixture against Lazio on May 26th, and Toro fans will hope that this will not be another final 'meaningless' final game.

Forza Toro

Mercato Update

With the Serie A season only a fortnight away, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the transfer business that has been carried out by Torino this summer.

In a change from last season, the transfer window will actually close before the season starts on August 17th, which means every Serie A team will be able to play their first game without having uncertainty around players who may be looking to leave the club.

Goalkeepers

Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu was apparently a target for new Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti, however, that speculation was ended when the Italian international signed a new contract until 2022.

Sirigu's number two this season will be Uruguayan Salvador Ichazo after last season's deputy Vanja Milinkovic-Savic left the club to join SPAL. Veteran goalkeeper Antonio Rosati has also signed on a free transfer to act as third choice.

Defenders

Armando Izzo has arrived from Genoa for an initial €8 million fee and with Walter Mazzarri favouring a 3-5-2 formation, he will be integral to the team this season. Brazilian defender Bremer has also signed from Atlético Mineiro and he may be forced into first team action sooner than first thought given injuries to Kevin Bonifazi and Lyanco.

Cristian Molinaro and Nicolas Burdisso both left the club following the expiration of their contracts, whilst Antonio Barreca is the most notable departure, with the full back joining Monaco.

Midfielders

As part of the deal that took Barreca to Monaco, Toro acquired talented youngster Soualiho Meïté who impressed on loan at Bordeaux last season. Tomas Rincon's loan move was made permanent, whilst Serbian midfielder Sasa Lukic as returned from a loan spell at Levante.

Swedish youngster Samuel Gustafson has once again been loaned out, this time to Serie B side Hellas Verona.

Attackers

M'Baye Niang's loan move last season included a compulsory purchase option, however after an impressive World Cup with Senegal, the former AC Milan striker has been linked with a move away from the club. However, unless he does depart, it is unlikely that Toro will sign any further attackers.

Forza Toro

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Genoa 1-2 Torino

Torino won away at Genoa for the first time since 1981 as they ended the season on a high with a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Despite rumours that Nicolas Burdisso may retire at the end of the season, the Argentine defender was left on the bench with Kevin Bonifazi being preferred. Elsewhere, Alex Berenguer came in to replace the injured Adem Ljajic, and Vanja Milinkovic-Savic made a rare start in goal.

Toro took the lead after half an hour, as Andrea Belotti cleverly cut the ball back for Iago Falque to score from close range.

Genoa had a number of half chances, with Iuri Medeiros going closest for the home side with a free kick.

Torino doubled their lead after fifty-eight minutes when Cristian Ansaldi crossed for the unmarked Daniele Baselli who side-footed home.

With ten minutes remaining, Goran Pandev reduced the deficit with a controversial goal, as it looked as though Cristian Molinaro had been fouled in the build up, but despite VAR interference, it was allowed to stand.

Moments later, Cristian Ansaldi was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Stephane Omeonga. Pandev had a great chance to rescue a point in the dying minutes, but his attempted lob bounced off the top of the crossbar as Toro held on to all three points.

This victory, coupled with Sampdoria's defeat later on in the day, meant that Torino finished the season in 9th place for the second consecutive season.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Genoa v Torino Preview

Torino will look to end the season on a high when they face Genoa on the final day of the 2017/18 Serie A season on Sunday.

Adem Ljajic picked up an injury in training so will miss out, but Alex Berenguer should deputise after impressing as a substitute in the victory against SPAL.

Genoa are in poor form and have lost four of their last five matches, however they have not lost at home to Torino since 1981.

Prediction
Genoa 0-1 Torino

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Torino 2-1 SPAL

Torino came from a goal behind to beat SPAL and win their first game since April in their last home game of the season.

Emiliano Moretti returned from suspension, whilst Andrea Belotti and Iago Falque both returned to the starting eleven.

Iago Falque had Toro's first chance, but his long range shot was tipped over the bar by former Toro keeper Alfred Gomis.

Against the run of play, the away side took the lead after twenty-two minutes, thanks to Alberto Grassi's low shot from distance.

In the second half, Gomis was continuing to deny his former team as he made excellent saves to deny Andrea Belotti and substitute Alex Berenguer. However, Toro finally got their deserved equaliser with twenty minutes remaining as Berenguer crossed for Belotti to score.

With three minutes remaining, Toro got their winner as Andrea Belotti crossed for Lorenzo De Silvestri who continued his fine goal scoring form to claim all three points.

Forza Toro

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Torino v SPAL Preview

Torino host SPAL in their final home game of the season, knowing that they are guaranteed a top 10 Serie A finish.

Genoa's defeat last night means Toro cannot be caught in 10th place, although to improve on that finish, Torino would have to win their two remaining games and hope Sampdoria lose their next two games.

Toro coach Walter Mazzarri is hoping for a positive end to the season to build momentum for the next campaign, so should stick with a strong line up.

SPAL are desperate for points to retain their Serie A status, and despite consecutive victories over already relegated Hellas Verona and Benevento, they are only 2 points clear of the bottom 3.

Prediction
Torino 2-1 SPAL