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Massimiliano Allegri spoke to the press ahead of the Derby clash between Juventus and Turin, and he praised his star player.
Every year thousands gather at the Basilica of Superga overlooking Turin to commemorate the memory of Italian football's all-conquering 'Grande Torino' team who were wiped out in an air disaster.
Barcelona warmed up for their Champions League semi-final against Liverpool with a title party while Paris Saint-Germain crashed to a shock defeat in the French Cup final as golden boy Kylian Mbappe got himself sent off.
Torino claimed a first Serie A victory over AC Milan in 18 years on Sunday as the race for Champions League places in Italy took a dramatic twist.
Simone Zaza scored for Torino before seeing red as the northerners hopes of Champions League football next season diminished on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Cagliari, who themselves had two sent off, as Sampdoria rekindled their Europa League ambitions with a 2-0 derby win over 10-man Genoa.
Simone Zaza scored for Torino before seeing red as the northerners missed a chance to move into the European places in a fiery 1-1 draw against nine-man Cagliari on Sunday, with three red and nine yellow cards handed out.
Napoli's title hopes took a further blow on Sunday as Carlo Ancelotti's side were held to a goalless draw for the third time in four league matches to drop further points against Torino and trail champions Juventus by 13 points.
Torino defender Armando Izzo turned goal scorer as Inter Milan missed the chance to close the gap on second-placed Napoli in Serie A with a 1-0 defeat in Turin while Roma also proved wasteful, blowing a three-goal advantage to draw 3-3 with Atalanta on Sunday.
Stephan El Shaarawy struck the winner as Roma held off Torino 3-2 to move into the Champions League places on Saturday as Serie A returned to action after a three-week winter break.
Champions Juventus tackle city rivals Torino with pride at stake as Italy's top teams return to the home comforts of Serie A this weekend licking their wounds after a bruising week in Europe.
Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart has revealed how Torino's ultras took a team meeting to express their unhappiness with the squad during his time on loan with the Italian side.