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Torino’s Attacking Trident

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After a positive, if not inconsistent start to season 8 in PEN, Torino delved back into the transfer market once more.
In a brave move, stalwarts and star men were sold off in Joel Ward and Yohan Cabaye. Micah Richards was moved on and Norwegian traction engine Stefan Johansen found his new forever home. This left big gaps that needed filling. Ivan Rakitic replaced Brazilian sensation Lucas Moura, Mirallas replaced Joel Ward in a deal that had managers pm’ing Cloughy non stop asking how he pulled that one off. Finally, Liverpools missing man Lazar ‘Guided Missile’ Markovic came in as part of a swap deal from Claremont Foot.

Behind closed doors friendlies were arranged to come up with ways of fitting all three attacking players into one team. Star performer Edson Puch was sacrificed for a 4-2-3-1 formation that allowed fluidity in attack and defensive strength. Teo was a striker reborn playing ahead of the trident, scoring for fun after his goal scoring touch seemed gone. In the first competitive game using the system, the Italians ran out 3-0 winners with Rakitic scoring and pulling all the strings in a man of the match performance. After the game we caught up with the Torino manager Cloughy to ask his thoughts on the performance, these were his only words -

Two more league games passed, and two more man of the match performances arrived for Rakitic. He temporarily lost his cool when someone said he looked like a sh*t Robbie Savage, but was soon back to peppering the oppositions keeper with long range drives.

Further defensive signings took place with the Torino scouts mixing up the managers message of “we’re f*$king skint lads, get yourself to Netto” by bringing back recommendations for the Saint Ettiene GK Neto, and for the Real Madrid defender, errr….. Neto. Both have signed permanent contracts and look forward to making their league debuts, hoping 1 of them can stop team mate Ivan Rakitic from taking his 4th man of the match in a row.

That game will see Torino (1st) against The Strongest (13th) at home. On paper this looks like an easy game but The Strongest managed by Hulk have been smashing teams up in recent weeks, scoring a massive 10 goals and only conceding 4. This turn in fortune after losing 4 in a row will mean Hulks men will come into the game against the league leaders high on confidence. Will this be another game for Rakitic to shine, or will the big green beast run through the Italians and make a charge for the play off places?

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