Saturday July 18 2020
Mihajlovic: 'Bologna can only apologise'

Sinisa Mihajlovic had harsh words for Bologna after their 5-1 defeat to Milan. ‘You apologise to the fans, the club, take the criticism and feel ashamed.’

The Rossoblu had come off an impressive 1-1 draw with Napoli, but they were barely in the running at San Siro, losing 5-1 and finding the net only with a Takehiro Tomiyasu rocket into the top corner just before half-time.

Miha wasn’t even angry on the touchline, seemingly resigned to the defeat and leaving star striker Musa Barrow on the bench.

“It’s very easy to comment on this game. When you lose 5-1, you shut up, you apologise to the fans, the club, you take the criticism and you feel ashamed. If my players have a single sliver of dignity, they will do the same,” Mihajlovic told DAZN.

“It wasn’t a game. It was one-way traffic. Now we must decide if next season we want to challenge for Europe or be content with mid-table safety. If we want something more exciting, then we have to make changes. That much is evident after this defeat.

“I try to do things, but it’s doesn’t always work. If we want to do something more, we have to change mentality. We have to control our emotions on the pitch, have more confidence in ourselves and stay calm when things go well or badly. We’re too inconsistent.

“As in life, when everything goes well, you don’t stop to reflect on why things happen. When there are negative situations, you take time and try to take the positives.”

Mihajlovic had a warm embrace and conversation with Zlatan Ibrahimovic before kick-off, as the Swede had been in talks for a move to Bologna in January.

“We talked about our families. We don’t tend to talk about football, as when it comes to sport, we just give each other a look and we’ve understood it all. We’re old friends, so just met for a chat.”

Could that rapport be of use perhaps for working together next season?

“I didn’t hear that…”

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