Ahead of facing former side Chievo this weekend, Stefano Pioli has asserted the belief that the Mussi Volanti will easily survive the relegation battle.
Pioli spent the 2010-11 season with the Veronese side, before leaving in the summer first to take over at Palermo, before eventually ending up at Bologna.
The Gialloblu visit Pioli’s in-form and highly-praised Emilia-Romagna side this weekend in what is a mid-table clash between prospective pre-season relegation candidates.
Whilst the Felsinei sit in ninth position and Pioli may have suggested that survival is not guaranteed for his team, he conversely took time to confidently suggest that 11th placed Chievo are on track to secure their League status.
“They have changed many players, the Coach is different and a comparison [between this year and last] is difficult,” reflected Pioli to L’Arena. “I can speak, however, of what I see.
“And that is a Chievo who is hitting its target, they have managed to integrate their new arrivals in the first half of the season, something that took us [at Bologna] a longer time.
“Indeed, I can say that the first game, in Verona, Bologna has suffered as never before. Then, we did well to find victory in the second half of the game.
“But remember what I said in the Press room? That this Chievo will survive easily. And I think I was a good prophet given the results they have obtained since.”
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