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Walter Mazzarri, Torino's coach, spoke in the pre-match press conference on the eve of the match against Debrecen in 2019/2020  UEFA Europa League Second qualifyng round.

Debrecen have been training for six weeks already, they’ve played a qualifying round too, so that’s the main difficulty we’ll be dealing with. However, we do have the advantage that we’re practically the same squad as last season, so we know what we’re doing. It’s fundamental that we keep a clean sheet, because Debrecen’s biggest strength is the counter-attack and we’ve got to be wary."

We mustn’t lose our identity, just do things a little more carefully considering our fitness levels, especially as Debrecen will wait for our error so they can go on the counter. There are also dangers from set plays, but I’ve informed my lads of everything they need to be wary of and focused on the importance of a clean sheet."

Debrecen are among the best sides in Hungary, they have a splendid stadium and recently played in the Champions League, causing problems for a lot of big clubs. They are physically strong, quick and can get past defenders."

I told the players, we have to get through this round at all costs. We cannot ruin what we’ve worked so hard to build. I am more fired up for this game than I was against Chelsea.

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