Sampdoria boss Sinisa Mihajlovic gave Bologna star Alessandro Diamanti the highest praise. “He has a left foot like mine.”
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“It won’t be an easy test, as Bologna have improved with the arrival of Davide Ballardini,” said Mihajlovic.
“A victory would allow us to feel more comfortable in the table. It doesn’t matter when we score, as long as we get the ball in the net.”
Diamanti had been on the verge of a transfer to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande this week, but Bologna interrupted negotiations.
“Diamanti is a great player and he has a left foot like mine, but we do not fear anybody. I have fond memories of my time as Bologna Coach, above all the directors and fans.”
Vasco Regini is suspended, but Renan returned from Brazil to bolster the squad.
Sampdoria squad for Bologna: Da Costa, Falcone, Fiorillo; Berardi, Costa, De Silvestri, Fornasier, Gastaldello, Mustafi, Rodriguez, Salamon; Bjarnason, Krsticic, Obiang, Palombo, Renan, Soriano, Wszolek; Eder, Gabbiadini, Pozzi, Sansone