Torino manager Giampiero Ventura says he hopes to end Torino’s 18-year winless streak against Juventus when both teams meet in tomorrow afternoon’s first Derby della Mole encounter of the 2013/14 campaign.
The experienced tactician, who steered the Granata to safety last season, has overseen a strong start to this year’s Serie A campaign and encouraged his players to take heart from breaking another jinx with their midweek away win over Bologna.
Speaking to reporters, Ventura began: “We hadn’t won at Bologna for 33 years and it’s been 18 since we last tasted victory against Juventus. Fingers crossed it’s a good omen for us. “
The 65-year-old was full of admiration for the Bianconeri’s achievements under the stewardship of Antonio Conte but remains confident the special derby day atmosphere will give his men hope of achieving a positive result against the reigning champions.
He added: “I hope we’ll have a full house at the Stadio Olimpico and the supporters are ready to get behind us. We’ve got plenty of respect for Juventus, who remain the team to beat in Serie A. They’ve achieved back-to-back Scudetto titles and, aside from drawing against Inter, have won all of their opening championship fixtures. They were already a competitive outfit and have strengthened even further over the summer. But there’s always something unique about derby games and we’ll go out to try and get a result.”