"Tomorrow Juventus will not just be up against 11 players, but against our history, the Toro population and all those who work with us," said Sinisa Mihajlovic. In an evocative pre-match conference, the coach sat alongside a historic Torino fan, a long serving physio and midfielder Marco Benassi and delivered heartfelt comments in a bid to reawaken Toro's pride, reminding them of their history, legacy and ambition.
In 2011, Real Madrid fans held a banner aloft requesting "a worthy rival for a decent derby" as Atletico Madrid failed to provide a challenge for so many years. In Turin, the situation is not too dissimilar. In the last 20 years, Torino have only won the Derby della Mole once with the Old Lady picking up 15 wins. More importantly, the Granata have been defeated by their city rivals more times than any other team in the league.