Tuesday July 7 2020
Mihajlovic: 'Don't ruin Juwara'

Sinisa Mihajlovic warns the media not to ‘ruin’ Musa Juwara after his debut Serie A goal and insists Bologna were ‘awful for 25 minutes’ in their win over Inter.

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“I always said that I don’t look at age, I just look at whether a player is talented or not,” said the coach in his press conference after goals from Musa Barrow and Musa Juwara beat Inter.

“It takes a little courage to trust these teenagers, but you have to put your faith in them. I think it’s good for the club as well as the players. Having said that, Juwara has played five Serie A games and scored one goal. You journalists don’t do half-measures. You do everything possible to ruin these players before they have even started.

“Musa has to keep his feet on the ground and keep training hard. He will have the opportunity to prove himself again.”

Mihajlovic is similarly concerned about the praise heaped upon the entire Bologna team for their victory at San Siro.

“We were awful for 25 minutes, then got back on our feet, playing with more mentality and conviction. The details, the small things, are what help you win the game.

“I hope tomorrow’s performance is better, with concentration and resilience from the first minute, aware that we can beat anyone if we do that. Every now and then, we forget what we’re capable of.

“Sassuolo are a strong team, they have great forwards and spent a lot of money on the transfer market. They focus on possession and pressing, but if we don’t win, then the victory over Inter would be less impressive.”

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