Thursday August 29 2019
Semplici: 'Welcome back, Sinisa'

SPAL Coach Leonardo Semplici welcomes “warrior” Sinisa Mihajlovic back to the touchline and makes changes to beat Bologna.

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“We are evaluating whether to field the same XI as last week or make changes,” said the Coach in his Press conference after a 3-2 defeat to Atalanta.

“I had some positive responses from that game, some not so positive. It was our first game of the season, so some of the players have improved their form and fitness levels over the last week.

“For example, Nenad Tomovic and Arkadiusz Reca are physically in good shape and could well start.”

This is the first Bologna home game of the season and Mihajlovic is expected on the touchline, having surprised even his own players by attending the 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona.

He left the clinic this week following the first cycle of chemotherapy treatment for leukaemia, which lasted six weeks.

“We are facing Bologna in what is probably the least favourable period, but I am very pleased that Mihajlovic is back on the bench,” continued Semplici.

“We were all touched by his story and everyone, within the world of sport or not, is by his side. He is going through a remarkable period of his life and I hope he can recover soon, like the warrior he has always been.”

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