Sunday February 3 2019
Mihajlovic: 'I know Inter pressure'

Sinisa Mihajlovic makes his debut on the Bologna bench and assures they can beat Inter. “I know what the crowd is like at San Siro.”

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The tactician arrived to replace sacked Pippo Inzaghi and inherited a Rossoblu side floundering in the bottom three after a 4-0 defeat to Frosinone.

“I am encouraged by the fact the lads have understood my vision of football and are working hard to put it into practice,” said Mihajlovic in his Press conference.

“It’ll take time, but it’s wonderful that they are trying and mustn’t lose confidence even if they do get it wrong. Right now, the result is important, but I am more interested in the performance.”

The Serbian ended his playing career at Inter and became assistant manager to Roberto Mancini, so he well understands the pressure current boss Luciano Spalletti is dealing with.

“Inter are not going through a positive moment at all. I know what the crowd is like at San Siro. If we play the way we prepared, then we can put Inter under a lot of pressure.”

Bologna brought in defender Lyanco and striker Simone Edera from Torino, who Mihajlovic had already worked with in the Granata squad.

Filip Helander and Federico Mattiello are suspended, with Nicola Sansone injured.

“Lyanco could play from the start, as he’s quick, determined and has character. Like all Brazilian defenders, he does some dumb things occasionally, but can work well with Danilo.

“Right now, Rodrigo Palacio is the form player in attack. Mattia Destro has impressed me in training over the last couple of days and I want to play him, but I also have to consider how many minutes his legs can handle right now. I don’t want to risk a forced substitution and Federico Santander is currently in better shape.”

Bologna squad for Inter: Da Costa, Skorupski, Santurro; Calabresi, Dijks, Gonzalez, Lyanco, Danilo, Paz, Mbaye; Donsah, Krejci, Dzemaili, Nagy, Poli, Pulgar, Soriano, Svanberg; Destro, Santander, Orsolini, Palacio, Edera, Falcinelli

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