Ventura wants happy new year

Torino coach Giampiero Ventura wants his players to pick up where they left off as they travel to Parma on Monday for their first game following the winter break.

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The Turin outfit won their last three league games of 2013 to move up to seventh in the Serie A standings.

Ventura is looking for another good result tomorrow and has urged his players not to let him down.

"We have worked intensely during the break and now I am curious to see how my players respond," he said.

"We had a fantastic end to the year and I'm confident we will continue our good run of form, starting at Parma."

Toro have lost just once in their last eight league games while they have shown great balance at both ends of the pitch.

The Granata have scored 12 goals and conceded just three in their last five Serie A games.

Rivals Parma have not come out triumphant since beating Napoli 1-0 on November 23.

Since then, the Gialloblu have drawn their past four league games, including a 1-1 result at Sampdoria last time out.

Parma go into the encounter at the Ennio Tardini stadium in eighth place, one spot and five points adrift of Torino.

Gialloblu coach Roberto Donadoni will be confident his side can take a positive result on Monday, with the Gialloblu losing just twice at home this season - against high-flyers Roma and Serie A leaders Juventus.

Moreover, the hosts will be at full strength, with midfielder Joel Obi and striker Stefano Okaka having recovered from muscular injuries.

Antonio Cassano will lead Parma's attack against Torino.

The former Italy international has opted to remain at Parma despite being linked with a move away from the Gialloblu outfit in the winter transfer market.



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