Juric: ‘More Torino than Juve fans in Turin’


Ivan Juric is ‘worried about everything’ regarding Juventus but believes there are more Torino than Bianconeri fans in Turin.

The Granata are unbeaten in the last four Serie A games and host the Old Lady, who has secured three wins in a row, two in Serie A and one in Champions League.

They meet in the Derby Della Mole on Saturday.

It kicks off at 17.00 UK time.

“The opponent is of absolute value. They’ve regained result and spirit, they’ve achieved great results lately,” Juric said at a press conference.

“They have it all. They can score in various ways; if you attack them, their counter-attacks can be lethal.

“They’re a complete team, they’ve found the right spirit and I’m worried about everything. It’s a top team, you can’t leave anything to them.”

However, the Croatian coach sees the right spirit in his team.

“This is a fantastic group. There are so many young players who want to learn. I’ve never had a problem. I never had to encourage them to work well, we trained with intensity. As always.

“I want us to continue like this, we have many guys with significant room for improvement even if we have to grow in the management of some moments of competition.

“It seems to me that the team of Turin is Toro, I have this feeling. In Genoa, it was 50-50 [between Genoa and Sampdoria], here is Toro. But I’m new, I have to learn and see,” he continued.

“I read that [Andrea] Belotti and [Simone] Zaza could return, but I do not know where this news comes from. Nobody will recover.”

Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus qualified for the Champions League last season thanks to Napoli‘s 1-1 draw against Ivan Juric’s Verona in the last game of the season.

Should Max Allegri thank Juric when they meet tomorrow?

“Sports culture is sacred, I learned it from [Gian Piero] Gasperini,” said Juric.

“It is the only way to be a man. You look at these things in Italy, but I have no regrets and I am proud of how Verona played that game.

“Nobody has to thank me. I only did it for the team I worked for.”


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