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Serie B Matchday 23: Empoli-Torino

We must use our good form and recovered spirits to their best potential this Saturday, because this will be a much tougher match. Empoli currently occupy sixth place, the final playoff spot, with 33 points. If we win we will be level with them on points and ahead of them on tiebreakers. (Though Grosseto, Modena, and Brescia are in between in the table.) If we lose we could drop to 14th or 15th, it is obvious what must be done here.

It is no help that we will have a completely makeshift backline. Rubin and Loria are suspended, Pratali is injured, and Pisano, Colombo, and Diana (could have been a makeshift right back) are all in limbo and will not be part of the squad for the time being. This leaves us with Zoboli, Rivalta, Ogbonna, Benedetti and D'Aiello. My guess would be Ogbonna and Rivalta as full-backs with Zoboli and Benedetti in the center. Not enticing, but it's not as worse as it could be.

Thank God Sereni is back, Calderoni is a walking disaster.

I would imagine we will see Pestrin again in the midfield, and Pi, Len, and Bianchi leading the attack. Hopefully Salgado can fit somewhere off the bench.

This will be tough but I believe the boys can do it! Show us what you can do, ragazzi! FORZA VECCHIO CUORE GRANATA!

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Il tecnico Colantuono ha convocato 19 calciatori per il ritiro in vista di Empoli vs Torino:

Arma, Belingheri, Benedetti, Bianchi, Bottone, Calderoni, D'Aiello (n. 64), D'Ambrosio, Gasbarroni, Gorobsov, Leon, Loviso, Pestrin, Pi, Rivalta, Salgado, Sereni, Taraschi Pier Paolo (classe '91, n. 35), Zoboli.

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Il tecnico Colantuono ha convocato 19 calciatori per il ritiro in vista di Empoli vs Torino:

Arma, Belingheri, Benedetti, Bianchi, Bottone, Calderoni, D'Aiello (n. 64), D'Ambrosio, Gasbarroni, Gorobsov, Leon, Loviso, Pestrin, Pi, Rivalta, Salgado, Sereni, Taraschi Pier Paolo (classe '91, n. 35), Zoboli.

bianchi,pia
leon,gorobsov,pestrin,gasbarroni
d'ambrosio,d'aiello,zoboli,rivalta
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Empoli 0-0 Torino
Torino’s revival under Stefano Colantuono continued with a precious point considering they were a man down for almost 40 minutes. Empoli remain unbeaten on home turf and are a formidable opponent here at the best of times, so expected to take advantage of the situation. In the first half Pia and Bianchi had gone close for the visitors, while Angella had a goal controversially disallowed for a push. Torino saw Gorobsov receive a second yellow card after 52 minutes, but still managed to hang on for the point at the Castellani with a squad bolstered by January signings.
Sent off: Gorobsov 52 (T)
Empoli: Bassi; Antonazzo, Angella, Stovini, Tosto (Fabbrini 64); Marianini (Saudati 83), Musacci, Valdifiori (Gulan 55); Vannucchi; Eder, Coralli
Torino: Sereni; D'Ambrosio, Rivalta, Zoboli, Garofalo; Leon (Bottone 77), Gorobsov, Pestrin, Gasbarroni; Pi (Loviso 55), Bianchi (Salgado 88)
Ref: Rizzoli

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Given the circumstances not a bad point, but the bad news is that we have slid further back. We are now four points (instead of three) behind the last playoff spot and in 11th place overall.

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