Dorigo enjoys first experience of Italian football

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Tony Dorigo was yesterday reflecting on a successful debut for Graeme Souness's Torino as his Serie B side secured a 3-0 second leg Italian Cup win over Como.

Monday's victory sets up a meeting with Sampdoria, who signed the former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann this summer. The former Leeds and England defender Dorigo, who has Italian parents, said after the match: "I really enjoyed playing in a team as skilful as this one. I'd realised that Italian football is different from English, but it's interesting as well."

Meanwhile, Souness warned Sampdoria they can expect a rough ride in the Italian Cup next month. "I'm very happy," said the former Liverpool and Southampton manager, whose job this season is to win back Torino's place in Serie A. "The team played well in every department - defence, midfield, attack. Everyone played their part. The important thing now is to make sure that this kind of performance isn't just a one-off."

Souness, who won the Italian Cup with Sampdoria in 1985, said: "They are a great club and a great team. But when we play like this, I think any side should be frightened of coming here to Turin. We've got a great crowd and it won't be easy for Sampdoria. You'll see."

Felice Foglia was Torino's saviour, with the 20-year-old striker scoring twice after a goalless first half. "What I like about Felice is his grit and determination, a bit British-style," Souness said. "I needed strength in attack, but also help in coming back and he did really well."

Internazionale lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid in a friendly in Spain on Monday. Both Juninho, Atletico's former Middlesbrough player, and Ronaldo, Inter's pounds 18m-plus signing from Barcelona, were overshadowed by Christian Vieri, newly arrived from Juventus, who scored the only goal of the game.

Ronaldo's former team-mates at Barcelona have a reputation to rebuild as they defend a fortunate 3-2 first-leg lead away to the unheralded Latvians, Skonto Riga, in a European Cup preliminary round second-leg game tonight.

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