These are the types of matches that Italian teams need to win. If Udinese had made it to the group stage of the EL last year, Italy would have outdone Germany in points. Toro hasn't really been a mainstay in Europe like Udinese, so maybe they'll take it more seriously, but I'm worried about their squad. Cerci, Darmian, and Quagliarella are unavailable, so I'm not sure where their quality will come from.
The European adventure for Italian teams is off to a great start thanks to Toro. Johan was right, Swedish teams aren't very good. After Toro went up 3-0, Vives got expelled and Torino had to play the last half hour with 10. Plus the Swedes missed a penalty.
Hopefully they get another win at home and collect the full points before going to the next round!
It is all part of the deal. they not only suck, they choke. I think it was Helsingborg that quite recently outplayed Celtic in their qualification, but still missed out. They missed 4 one-on-ones with the keeper!
So missing a penalty and having a player sent off is all part of the plan.
28+22+15=65 total participation in serie A for the freshly promoted clubs, who replace Chievo, Empoli and Frosinone who had total 32...
Torino have been kicked out of the Europa League by Wolverhampton, Atalanta look very close to elimination from the CL and probably from EL too as they will likely be fourth in their group after losing two games to Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk. They pretend they can defeat Manchester City...
I’m hosting a new fortnightly blog on my website that follows Mantova 1911 on their quest for promotion to Italy’s Serie C.
It is written from the perspective of a local resident of Mantova who follows them on the road, exploring the wonderful backwaters of Italy’s lower leagues.