Torino coach Ivan Juric highlighted the number of injuries ravaging his squad ahead of tonight’s match against Lazio.
Speaking to gathered reporters in a press conference (via La Lazio Siamo Noi) yesterday, the 46-year-old Croatian coach discussed the Biancocelesti and the growth of the Granata so far.
I saw Lazio play well against Cagliari, despite the draw they played an excellent match. We prepared for it as usual.
How is Torino’s construction progressing? I’m curious, I’m still getting to know the team. Lazio’s value is absolute, we’ll try to play an important game.
In Reggio Emilia we played with five changes, now we have to decide, Praet is out, Verdi is back. Pjaca has a little discomfort, he already had it before the last game.
He worked separately, today it went quite well. Tomorrow morning another test. You don’t have to ask me about Izzo, Belotti can’t run, there are no forecasts for his return.
Izzo took a hit, but it was three weeks ago. You have to ask the doctor. He’s still not well, but no controversy.
Even for Belotti I was hoping for a different progression, instead after so much time he still can’t run. When it’s like this, you are worried.
Against Sassuolo we did well, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do better or worse. It was a game done well, tomorrow will be another test. I’m only thinking about tomorrow, it’s my fixed thought.
At this moment, Venezia doesn’t count for anything. Then, after tomorrow’s match, we’ll make the count of those available for the next game.
And the warnings don’t count either, we have to be able to put one or the other on, maybe tomorrow morning I’ll change my mind but things are always done the same. There are many players who can play.
Finally, Juric discussed if midfielders Tommaso Pobega and Rolando Mandragora can play together in his system.
Everyone can play together, we have many players in the middle and maybe even too many. We can vary a lot there in the middle, they can both play or neither can play. I’ll still see tomorrow.
Pobega and Mandragora did well, on the left side we did well in Reggio Emilia.
Lazio are hoping to break their short run of poor form tonight, with the ever-important Rome derby approaching quickly.