Nicola hails ‘complicated’ Torino journey

by | May 18, 2021 22:36

Davide Nicola admits this was the ‘most complicated’ season of his career after rescuing Torino from safety, but won’t commit his future yet.

The former Crotone coach is not new to incredible feats and this was another, as the Granata were in the drop zone when he replaced Marco Giampaolo on January 19.

This evening’s 0-0 draw with Lazio guaranteed their place in the top flight, relegating Benevento.

Davide Nicola admits this was the ‘most complicated’ season of his career after rescuing Torino from safety, but won’t commit his future yet.

The former Crotone coach is not new to incredible feats and this was another, as the Granata were in the drop zone when he replaced Marco Giampaolo on January 19.

This evening’s 0-0 draw with Lazio guaranteed their place in the top flight, relegating Benevento.

“This was the most complicated season. We got it at the end, I am disappointed to a degree because I feel we could’ve done it earlier, but we fought to the death amid a thousand difficulties and the way Lazio tried this evening just proves how much we deserve to stay up,” Nicola told Sky Sport Italia.

“Torino is a club with a great deal of passion and I was a player here, so I know the fans are incredible. Representing this jersey is not easy for anyone and everything feels difficult.

“We tried to concentrate everything on tonight after two tough defeats. The lads did well to gain that focus. We tried to set simple tasks, because the most important thing was to feel some sense of security. We could’ve taken the lead and that would’ve given us a less tense finale.”

Nicola transformed Torino after taking over from Giampaolo, picking up 23 points in 19 rounds.

“I tried to combine my principles of football with more vertical passes and a higher tempo. We couldn’t play any other style because the squad was built a certain way.”

Nicola’s contract is up and there are reports he will not be confirmed on the bench for next season.

“We have one final game and it’s important to play that. Once called upon, I will express my thoughts, but there’s time for that.”

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