I fought against it for a little while knowing Immobile was gone and Cerci likely to be the same way (he was not in the squad for this game) but I had to resume my love affair at some stage and last night afforded me the chance to fall head over heels in love with the 2014/15 vintage of Toro.
So, what happened? I guess with Torino being away from home, the key was to avoid defeat. Such negativity has been a feature of Ventura’s Toro, and though it was absent in the last thrilling season, it was no surprise to see a return to type last night. Rare are the games at this stage that excite.
It offered opportunity for some of the new players to shine away from the spotlight a little, that they singularly failed to take, and offered the more well-known players the chance to prove they’d not lost anything over the summer, and they too singularly failed to deliver.
It wasn’t all bad; Split seldom threatened and Toro look comfortable in possession and adept at creating spaces and getting runners away (particularly down the right hand side). The problem came in the final third against massed ranks of defence with a lack creativity horribly expose. That said, Quagliarella came on and looked still a yard off the pace – a couple of opportunities for him to shoot opened up, but he failed to capitalise.
There was a chance that fell to Larrondo (I think) late on, a low cross came to him in front of goal. He didn’t swing at it, but went to control. And utterly, utterly failed. It was symptomatic of a Torino that looked rusty, and represented the only real chance of getting a goal. I get the feeling I’m in for a long season.
Entertainment factor? 3/10.