I didn’t get to see all of Torino’s opening game, but I wasn’t particularly optimistic, much less the absence of Alessio Cerci from the squad told its own story.
So what happened? Welcome to the New Torino, just like the Old Torino. Not that one.
If you lose Cerci and Ciro Immobile, you’ll pay for it in your attack. Quagliarella looked lively enough, but he’s a known quantity – a magician who, if he produces something, will be brilliant, but won’t grab a game by the scruff of the neck.
That was sort of the problem here. Nobody did. Inter, under Mazzarri, remain a counter-attacking side. Torino under Ventura, have become primarily a defensive concern again, seemingly. The explosive attacking speed of the Cerci and Immobile gone, the Granata looked laboured going forward and, though they won and saw Handanovic save a penalty from Larrondo, this had 0-0 written all over it.
Icardi was menacing as one expects, moreso in the early proceedings than later, as Glik was as imperious as he can sometimes be. After the initial flurry, it felt almost as if both sides were boxers, holding their guard, holding their guard, waiting for the other to let theirs drop so they could unleash a jab. There was a couple of jabs, but nothing of note.
Inter looked the most likely until the end. Torino had a decent last few minutes but it felt like a vain attempt to show a bit of bit to the fans. In the end, a point probably suits both. I expect Inter to finish above Torino this season, but on this showing, it might be closer than I expected. With the addition of Amauri, Toro should at least have a bit more threat, but it will take some time for this to bed in.
Entertainment factor? 3/10.