"The first game was good and we triumphed thanks to a strike from a champion in Trezeguet," Ranieri recalled. "I'm expecting a similar game tomorrow even if Trez won't be there.
"I'm hoping to get Vincenzo Iaquinta and Jonathan Zebina back and it's a shame that I won't have Cristiano Zanetti, but whoever takes his place will do well."
Ranieri has been uncharacteristically vocal about the events of Saturday and gave a final explanation of his frustration.
"The lads weren't angry in Reggio Calabria, but they were bitter and disappointed," he explained. "The open letter? This club does things clearly and wanted to say something to everyone.
"However, given the fixture list, we haven't got a chance to dwell on the past.
"This is a game that is more than just a League match and that's why it is so great. The formbook goes out of the window.
"Toro at the moment have quality players who are almost as charged as ours. Novellino has taken stock during the January transfer window and has a side well suited to his style of play. I would enjoy seeing a top of the table derby, like it was when I was a player."