thumbnail Hello,

Juventus may have an important date with Chelsea next week, but the coach is only focussing on tasks closer to hand...

Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri is expecting a 'fascinating' derby when his side clash with bitter city rivals Torino on Saturday night, as he forgets about Chelsea.

The Bianconeri have a roller-coaster week ahead of them with Champions League football against Chelsea following this weekend's Serie A action.

However, Ranieri is not thinking about the Blues just yet as he focusses on Toro. It's a chance for Juve to keep up with league leaders Inter and Ranieri expects a great performance from his men.

"I am not thinking about other games as I have always said that the match which comes first is important," Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia.

"It has been an interesting week with plenty of things happening. We have the derby now and we are ready.

"As for everything which has happened [the controversy with Jose Mourinho] it has not affected our preparation for this match. There are no excuses.

"These games are all part of the difficulty of Serie A, but we are well prepared to face Torino.

"Every derby is special and they are always fascinating and the Turin derby is always played well in terms of good sportsmanship."

Torino are unbeaten in seven games and Ranieri is well aware of the task in hand.

"They will be very motivated, aggressive and compact against us," added the coach.

"I am expecting a vibrant game and a quick one two. In these games the league positions and statistics don't count, it's a level playing field once the whistle blows."

Despite all the provocations coming from Inter and Jose Mourinho, Ranieri preferred not to become further entangled in the recent squabbles.

"Mourinho? I will auto-censure myself." concluded the coach.

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com

Related

From the web