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The Granata succumbed to a late goal by Giorgio Chiellini to lose 1-0 against the Bianconeri in the Turin derby but there was little to separate the two sides...

Torino midfielder Ignazio Abate remained optimistic, despite his team's 1-0 defeat against Juventus on Saturday night, maintaining that it was an even contest throughout.  

For Abate, the main difference between the two teams was the set pieces, an area in which, he believes, the Bianconeri excel in. It was, of course, a free-kick that ultimately led to Giorgio Chiellini's winning goal.

"In the first half, we put Juventus in difficulty," the former Empoli player told Tuttomercatoweb.com.

"They are very good on set pieces because they are big and in Serie A, since there are many balanced games, the set piece can open the score.

"There are five or six teams in the space of one or two points," he continued, referring to the congested area of the Serie A table where Torino currently find themselves. 

"We will have to fight until the end.

"We are especially disappointed for our fans who were immense," he reflected.

Torino must watch their backs now, as all of their relegation rivals will be playing this afternoon and have the opportunity of overtaking the Granata in 16th place.

Glenn Debattista

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