Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has reminded his players that Sunday's derby with Juventus isn't "war", a week after ugly on-field clashes marred Roma's 2-0 away win over Lazio. Former Serbia international Mihajlovic, who as a player once traded racist insults with Patrick Vieira when the Frenchman played at Arsenal, has softened since his days as a midfield enforcer at Lazio. Now coach of Torino following aspell on the touchlines at AC Milan, the Serbian has high hopes of leading the "Granata" to just their second derby win over five-time consecutive league champions Juventus in 21 years on Sunday.
Carlos Tevez could be playing his last Argentine "superclasico" when he leads Boca Juniors against River Plate at El Monumental on Sunday as he ponders a move to China. Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenua, who appointed Uruguayan Gus Poyet as coach last month, have made a 40 million euro ($42.27 million) offer for Tevez, Argentine media reported. Former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus striker Tevez would not be drawn, however, on his future plans.
ROME — Italy’s best goalkeeper opposite one of the best foreigners at the position. Serie A’s top imported forward against Italy’s most in-form striker. With matchups like Gianluigi Buffon against Joe Hart in goal and Gonzalo Higuain facing Andrea Belotti in attack, Sunday’s Turin derby will have plenty of individual star quality. It’s the combined quality of both squads, though, that sets the match apart from recent editions of the rivalry. While Juventus continues to dominate Serie A — the Bianconeri are aiming for a record sixth straight Serie A title — Torino is showing more promise this season than it has for decades. In seventh place, just three points behind fourth-place Napoli, the “Granata”