Juric: “It’s a small final against Spezia. Us in front of Juve? It’s early.”

The coach of Toro counts the recoveries: “Pjaca is ready, Kone and Verdi are available. Belotti? In form as I have not seen him for years”

From our correspondent Mario Pagliara

“Tomorrow it would be great to finish this first round of the championship well”. The last sentence of an eve lecture that started early in the morning contains all of Ivan Juric’s thoughts. “Tomorrow in La Spezia must be like a small final for us, because after that comes the break and it would be important to break away with a good result after so many positive performances to have another momentum in the standings – comments the Torino coach -. But be careful. : Spezia is a team full of talents and so far they have collected less than they should have. It will be very difficult, quality ahead and behind very tough players. ”

Praet KO – Pjaca OK

The Bull who will leave for Liguria this afternoon will have one less Praet and one more Pjaca. The Belgian attacking midfielder suffered muscle fatigue after the ninety minutes against Sampdoria, and his presence on the bench is also in doubt. Juric takes stock of the situation: “Praet will not be there tomorrow, he is a type of player who struggles to recover when playing one game after another. This week he has trained little, he has not been able to recover at a level. physical. Today we see how he is… “. The one who will return to the squad list is Marko Pjaca: “Pjaca is back, who did all the training yesterday. We, as a club, made a mistake with Pjaca – Juric points out -: in the past we played him when not he had to go there (the reference is to the home match against Lazio, ed). From a small problem it became a much bigger problem “.

Kone and Verdi towards the debut

According to the words of the coach on the eve, there would be two news ready for tomorrow’s eleven: Kone in the direction and Verdi on the trocar. Both have never been used since the first minute by Juric. “Kone is an option, he did well in Naples. It can be a solution. He has skills, his growth path depends a lot on him”, says the coach of the Ivorian midfielder class 2000 who grew up in the grenade nursery. And on Verdi… “he trains well: I can’t say a negative word about what he does during training and his approach to the game. I consider them all on the same level, the new as the old. Verdi is back, and surely tomorrow he could play from the start: now Simone is fine and throws himself in without too many thoughts ”.

Born in January

Speaking of the winger, Juric asks for more from Aina and Singo: “With the two wielders we have to raise the aerobic level to play at important levels: both are missing meters – Juric reflects -. In my teams, the winger must bring me four or five goals. each. Let’s see if we can. ” In January both will leave Taurus for a few weeks to participate in the Africa Cup: “What will we do in January? We are talking about it, surely there will be a need for outsiders – so Juric -. We have to be careful, January is never an easy market: if they go away for a month, we will need new things ”.


The latest reflections are on captain Andrea Belotti: after his 100th goal in Serie A at Sampdoria, he should receive the call-up to return to the national team today. “If it happened, I would be overjoyed for him. The other day we saw a Gallo like we hadn’t seen for years – closes the coach -: with this form and with this approach to the game he is a very important player. In recent months I have met a boy very serious. Should he go to the national team without playing a regular, we will send him a training program to maintain the level of athletic condition “. At the end, he gets the question about a ranking that sees Toro head to head with Juventus: “We in front of Juventus? It’s too early. We don’t look at them, we only look at ourselves”.

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Juric: “It’s a small final against Spezia. Us in front of Juve? It’s early.”