Giorgio Chiellini insists that there's mutual affection and respect between Juventus and their Torino counterparts – just not this weekend.
Sunday sees the 230th Derby della Mole, when 网络外围投注Toro will cross the city to take on the网上21点 Bianconeri at Juventus Stadium.
Despite the disparity in the two clubs’ fortunes over recent decades, the all-time record is surprisingly close – the Granata taking 72 victories to the Old Lady’s 95, and Chiellini is expecting a tough game.
“On the field it will be a hard-fought game,” Chiellini predicted in an interview with Sky.
“Off it, there’s respect and empathy between the two sets of players we’re two groups of good guys who are only enemies on the pitch twice a year.
“Then for the rest of the season we bump in在线外围投注to each other, we meet in the centre of Turin.
“Obviously we want to win, but I hope the game is only a spectacle on the pitch.”
The big defender also evaluated his side’s European campaign, insisting Massimiliano Allegri’s side are still aiming for top spot in their Champions League group.
“We’ve had two important results in the Champions League, they weren’t handed to us on a plate,” Chiellini said of wins over Olympiacos and Malmo.
“We dream of first place, and it’s a realistic goal even if we know it’ll be difficult.
“We want to get to the Last 16 again, we deserve it. At that point a whole set of new possibilities open up, with head-to-head clashes.
“It basically becomes a new tournament, but we know it won’t be easy.”