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Italian Serie A

Delle Alpi 1st December 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Rocchi

Juventus Juventus vs Torino Torino

Juventus 3

C Marchisio (56, 84)
S Giovinco (67)

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Torino 0

K Glik (S/O 36)

Boss Giampiero Ventura thinks Torino are facing the strongest Italian side in the Turin derby

Last Updated: 30/11/12 3:14pm

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Giampiero Ventura: Has high praise for rivals ahead of Saturday's derby

Giampiero Ventura: Has high praise for rivals ahead of Saturday's derby

Manager Giampiero Ventura thinks Torino will be facing the strongest side in Italian football in the Turin derby on Saturday.

Torino travel to face Juventus at the Juventus Stadium for the first time since their fellow stadium tenants left the Stadio Olimpico 18 months ago, and Ventura admits there is still a league between the two sides, despite their promotion back to the top flight last season.

"We are honoured to go to the Juventus Stadium and we go there humble enough to know we are facing the strongest team, but at the same time we are aware that if we do our best, well then it will be the result to decide things," he said at a pre-match press conference.

"It's going to be tough for us. There is an obvious difference in the value of these two clubs, but we are still delighted to play this game.

"We are up against the strongest side around and it is a derby, for which they are going to be determined as always."

The city of Turin dominated Italian football last season with Juve winning Serie A and Torino topping Serie B and Ventura hopes the occasion does justice to their efforts.

"It is a day of celebration in Turin," he said.

"There are two groups of fans with a special history.

"Our dream last season was this derby, and now we are here, ready to play it."

Juve's dreams go beyond tomorrow's derby as they prepare for a vital Champions League tie with Shakhtar Donetsk next week where a draw will be enough to see them through to the knockout stages of the competition.

However, midfielder Claudio Marchisio insists they are fully focused on the matter in hand.

"We have been waiting for this game for a long time," he told Sky Sports.

"Not only us, but also the Torino players, our fans, the city, so it is great to have such an important match again.

"We are playing (the derby) in our own stadium for the first time so we know we will have the fans behind us, and we will try to give it our best."

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 34 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Empoli 34 41
14 Chievo 34 41
15 Verona 34 40
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16