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Torino is the surprise of the season: Mazzarri

GENOA, ITALY - APRIL 20: Walter Mazzarri coach of Torino (left) issues some instructions to Temitayo Ola Aina of Torino during the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Torino FC at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on April 20, 2019 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Rattini/Getty Images)
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The manager believes his team will keep on fighting for a chance to earn a UEFA Champions League spot until the end of the season.

In yesterday’s Italian Lega Serie A fixture, Torino managed to defeat Genoa 1-0.

This victory gave the team a push to the seventh position of the table with 53 points, just three points behind fourth-place AC Milan.

And for the team’s manager, the opportunity to fight for a UEFA Champions League spot will be there until the end of the season.

“These are three important points because we dropped them in other occasions where we deserved more,” manager Walter Mazzarri told Football Italia.

“It wasn’t our best performance, and yet we made up the lost ground. I got very angry at half-time, as Genoa were stronger in the first half, but we did play better. Once we got in front, Salvatore Sirigu proved himself to be probably the best goalkeeper in Italy right now with another excellent save.”

“It seems obvious, looking at summer predictions and recent history, that Torino is the surprise outfit of this season. After many years, our club colors are up there fighting for an important target,” he said.

“Ask any Toro fan, and it’d be a dream to have 53 points with five rounds to go. Lazio is below us, a side who had a lot more going in their favor, while we’ve not been in this position for a very long time.”

“I only ever joke about the Champions League with the President and the theme music. We’ve said that we will take it one game at a time, giving our all and seeing where we are at the end,” the boss concluded.