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2021/2022

Torino

In


Etrit Berisha (gk)(SPAL); Luca Gemello (gk)(Renate, end of loan); Koffi Djidji (def)(Crotone, end of loan); Ola Aina (def)(FC Fulham, end of loan); Jacopo Segre (mid)(SPAL, end of loan); Ben Lhassine Kone (mid)(Cosenza, end of loan); Marko Pjaca (att)(Juventus, on loan); Vincenzo Millico (att)(Frosinone, end of loan); Magnus Warming (att)(Lyngby); Dennis Stojkovic (att)(Partizan Beograd); Iago Falque (att)(Benevento, end of loan); Simone Edera (att)(Reggina, end of loan);

Out


Nicolas Nkoulou (sp)(def)(released); Salvatore Sirigu (k)(gk)(released); Samir Ujkani (gk)(released); Amer Gojak (sp)(mid)(Dinamo Zagreb, end of loan); Nicola Murru (sp)(def)(Sampdoria, end of loan); Federico Bonazzoli (sp)(att)(Sampdoria, end of loan); Soualiho Meite (mid)(Benfica);

After a poor 2019-2020 campaign, Torino took a further step back last season finishing in 17th, just 4 points above the relegation zone. It was a season characterised by mediocrity at all levels. President Cairo saw that it was time for a big change. Coach Davide Nicola was shown the door having led the Bulls to salvation after the disastrous Marco Giampaolo era. Ivan Juric took charge off the back of two great seasons at Hellas Verona. Juric has a very proactive and intense idea of football and so the management started strengthening the squad with that in mind. Only a couple of important players left over the summer. Seasoned goalkeeper Sirigu was let go, whilst Nkoulou left on a free transfer. Other than that, a few players returned to their parent clubs after the end of their loans but they are not expected to be missed. Baselli and Rincon may not feature in Juric's plans and could leave soon. Belotti is still attracting the interest of several clubs and his future at Torino is uncertain. In terms of new signings, Berisha should become Milinkovic-Savic's deputy in goal. Pjaca arrives on loan from Juventus after some disappointing loans elsewhere. He was not helped by injuries and could acquire a starting berth in the attack. More youngsters have also arrived, but are expected to be squad players. Torino are currently looking for a holding midfielder to play next to Mandragora and some attacking midfielders. A striker could also be needed whether Belotti stays on or not.

Target


A comfortable season avoiding relegation should be within reach. A push for a top 10 finish seems unlikely at the moment, though.

Season Review
2020/2021

№17: Torino

Torino are renowned for a masochistic attitude and for often being the cause of their own troubles and the current season is testament to that. In fact, the decision of hiring Marco Giampaolo as the new coach immediately set the campaign on the wrong track. Adopting a 4-3-1-2 formation, Giampaolo found himself dealing with a squad only suited for a 3-5-2. He insisted on his favourite system of play for just 7 weeks with the meagre outcome of 1 win, away at Genoa, and 2 draws convinced him for the definitive adoption of a back 3. However, results only slightly improved, also because Torino had to face the first of 2 big Covid outbreaks in the squad. Between weeks 8 and 18, they only won once more, away at Parma, and Giampaolo was sacked despite losing only 1 out of his last 6 in charge. Davide Nicola was thus hired instead and he managed to give the players a more fighting attitude. While they would need 5 games before winning the first match under the new coach, away at Cagliari, Torino did not lose any and even avoided a defeat against Atalanta after conceding 3 early on. The arrivals of Mandragora and Sarabia in January certainly strengthened the Bulls to Nicola’s full benefit. Between weeks 26 and 35, Torino lost 4 more but obtained precious wins over Udinese, Roma, Parma and Sassuolo, thus reaching the peak of their season (14th place). Back-to-back disasters against Milan, 0-7, and Spezia, 1-4, dragged them close the bottom 3 again but a draw away at Lazio secured their survival. Belotti was once again the top scorer of the team, with 13 goals and 7 assists, but only managed to score 4 in 2021 and his experience with the Bulls might have come to an end. Sarabia did well once he arrived while Ansaldi and Verdi were the leaders in terms of assists with 6 and 5 respectively. Bremer and Izzo were solid at the back. A quiet survival could be easily achieved next season with Nicola confirmed in charge and some wise investing.


Player of the Season: Andrea Belotti

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