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Torino forward Barreto not worried about Fabio Quagliarella arrival and looking forward to IF Brommapojkarna challenge

Udinese's Barreto [L] shoots and scores as he is challenged by Lens' Alou Diarra [R] during their UEFA Cup match at the Stadio Friuli on February 15, 2006
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Torino’s Barreto has insisted he is not worried about his place following the arrival of Fabio Quagliarella from Juventus.

The forward - full name Paulo Vitor de Souza Barreto - will be competing with the former Italy international, who has been signed to replace last seasons Serie A top scorer Ciro Immobile - now at Borussia Dortmund - for a starting berth.

Speaking ahead of Torino’s UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round first leg at IF Brommapojkarna, Barreto asserted that the team comes before any individual ambitions.

“I think to Stockholm as does Quagliarella. It will be the Coach to decide who to send into the field of play,” he said, as reported by Football Italia.

“If I play then I will do my best as I always have. It is important to play a good game because getting a positive result there will make it easier for the return leg at home.

“For me, to score is not an obsession. If Toro wins without my goals then it does not matter, what matters is the victory.”

Barreto is one of the few players in the current Torino squad who has European experience, due to his time at Udinese.

The 29 year-old admits having the opportunity to play on the continent again is exciting, but warns of the threat IF Brommapojkarna will pose.

“Playing in Europe signifies electrifying sensations, but it is very challenging,” h continued. “You have to be more than careful. In the past, many Italian teams playing in the Europa League have struggled in the League.

“But here at Toro are many who know the competition. In Europe there are no easy games - we should not go there thinking it’s a walkover.

“They play on a synthetic pitch and for us that is a novelty, whilst they are also ahead in their preparation. And then, there is more tension in these games and a greater expenditure of energy.

“Our goal must be the group stage. It is difficult to predict what sort of year it will be.”

Barreto was signed by Torino from Udinese in a co-ownership agreement in January 2013. Last season he made eleven appearances, but failed to score. 


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