Sinisa Mihajlovic has held his first Bologna training session in over a month ahead of their Serie A match against SPAL on Friday.
Mihajlovic last took training on July 11, having since embarked on a battle with leukaemia, but he has come back earlier than planned, taking his seat in the dugout at Verona last weekend.
“The Coach is back to being very present and very combative,” assistant Emilio De Leo said at a Press conference.
“He’s our leader. He was very focused on the technical and tactical aims along with the character of the side.
“The Medel signing is very important for us. We’re talking about a player who’s good in transition and capable of imposing himself. In terms of character, he’s an excellent addition and will be a catalyst for the team.
“SPAL have a clear identity. They’re very organised and always look to build up. The positive element for them is that they know how to put what the Coach wants into action.
“We have clear ideas. We need to rediscover our sharpness and courage. We’re totally focused on our aims and tomorrow is a big opportunity in front of our home crowd.”
De Leo was joined in the Dall’Ara’s Press room by fellow No 2 Miroslav Tanjga, who underlined the importance of his fellow Serb’s return.
“We needed to do better in Verona,” warned Tanjga.
“We made a couple of changes in the second half and weren’t able to change the situation. We need to show more character and take more risks.
“I speak every day with Sinisa. The only difference is that he’s now here with us rather than on video calls like before.
“His presence must push the team on. We’re not looking for excuses, we need to win tomorrow.”
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