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Saturday July 25 2020
Mihajlovic: 'This is frigid football'

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is no fan of playing Lecce behind closed doors. ‘It’s frigid football. It feels worse than a training session.’

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The Felsinei have struggled since the lockdown, aside from a single comeback victory away to Inter, and the fiery coach believes the atmosphere isn’t helping.

“What we’re doing at the moment is not football,” said Mihajlovic in his press conference.

“We play every three days in incredible heat. You can’t tell how good teams are in these conditions. I hope this season ends as soon as possible, because I’m fed up of playing without a crowd. We did it as an emergency measure because it was the only way we could complete the tournament, but I hope from September we can have fans back.

“Behind closed doors, it’s frigid football, it gives me no emotions, no joy. Today’s games feel worse than a training session. It’s horrible playing like this and I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks that.”

It has been an extraordinary campaign for everyone, but no more so than Bologna, as Mihajlovic spent the first four months in hospital receiving leukaemia treatment.

“I have to say that, despite my illness, the lockdown and everything else, the team did take a step up to the next level. We secured Serie A safety very early and remained in the top half of the table. We want to keep growing and getting better, but to do that, we need to find some psychological consistency in the minds of the players.

“Perhaps one of the problems with our forwards at the moment is that they are trying so hard to make up for some bad performances that it affects them.

“We cannot underestimate Lecce, because we know motivation makes a huge difference at this stage of the season. If we match them for grit and hunger, then we can make our superior quality count.”

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