Coppa Italia Frecciarossa


Torino's coach Walter Mazzarri spoke in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Coppa Italia match against Genoa, scheduled on Thursday 9 January at the Olimpico Grande Torino stadium (kick off at 21:15 CET).

On Genoa and Nicola's arrival: “The only reference we have is the game against Sassuolo. His arrival has had an effect on the team, and they will be in high spirits. It will be a complicated game, but if we are focused on us, we can put anyone in difficulty. I expect a similar game like the one against Roma. It’s vital that we advance to the next round.

About the squad: “We need consistency, we must always think about the next game and face them all at the top from every point of view. We cannot afford to have drops in intensity. Against Roma we have shown that if we play as we know how, with the ball on the ground, we can play against anyone.”

I made it clear to the players that they are all important, but there are three essential players in the backbone of this side: Andrea Belotti, Salvatore Sirigu and N’Koulou. Then maybe we could put Tomas Rincon in amongst them. They transmit trust to the other players, and N’Koulou is one of these players.

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