Juric: ‘Torino are a good team, but we must improve’

Torino coach Ivan Juric said he applies ‘pressure’ on his men to ‘demand more from ourselves’, as he believes the Granata have potential to ‘improve’.

The Granata are up against Cagliari on Monday night and Juric’s men are without a win in the last two league games.

The mid-week encounter with Empoli ended in a 2-2 draw and the Croatian coach was disappointed with the end result, as he felt the Granata dominated the match at the Grande Torino.

Torino are 13th in the league and Juric hopes to push the teams in the top half, but stressed his men must ‘improve’ through hard work.

“We are a good team, we lack something in certain departments in terms of development in the game, but I believe in the work,” Juric said at a press conference. “[Ola] Aina and [Wilfried] Singo need to improve, as well as [Tommaso] Pobega and [Dennis] Praet.

“I also apply some pressure; we have to pick up more points and ask more from ourselves. Bremer and Buongiorno have matured, we have to be more aggressive too. We must attack with more men, then it’s normal for a coach to want to keep his feet on the ground.

“The team is good and can grow, we need to improve. It caught me off guard, compared to my previous answers. When I said that we are beyond my expectations.

“After Empoli, I was devastated. We slaughtered them, but we took one point, and it scares a coach, because it’s normal to have bad days. I don’t want anything negative to enter our group, we must try to win everywhere and not get nervous.”

Torino have won twice in the last five games but are struggling away from home this season. Juric arrived ahead of the season and has only overseen one away win in 2021-22.

And the Granata travel to Sardinia on a run of four consecutive 1-0 defeats on the road.

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