Friday, 9 January 2015

Torino v AC Milan Preview

On May 18th 2014,  Alessio Cerci played his last match for Torino, his last contribution for the club was missing a last minute penalty which would have took the Granata into Europe.

Tomorrow evening, after an unsuccessful spell at Atletico Madrid, the Italian winger returns to the team who made him an Italian international. In the end, the missed penalty against Fiorentina was of no consequence as Torino eventually qualified for Europe due to Parma's financial problems - and as journalist Giancarlo Rinaldi pointed out on Twitter, the tears Cerci shed after that penalty miss should really have been given back to him.

The tears that Cerci shed that night in Florence was a display of sheer emotion from a player who has often been criticised by fans as being 'lazy' or someone who 'didn't care'. But on that night, he reacted in the same way a Torino fan would, and for that reason I hope he receives a positive reaction from the Maratona.

Whilst I can understand some fans being disappointed that he chose to leave, the fact that he has a tattoo dedicated to the club, and has already stated that he would not celebrate should he score shows that the player still feels affection to the team who rebuilt his career.

In other news, Jean Francois Gillet, Emilano Moretti and Omar El Kaddouri should return to the starting eleven from the side that drew against Chievo on Tuesday.

AC Milan suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Sassuolo at the San Siro on Tuesday, but have only lost one game away from home this season. 

This fixture last season was a dramatic one, as Torino surrended a 2-0 lead in injury time to deny them a famous victory against the Rossoneri.

Torino 1-1 AC Milan

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