Saturday October 31 2020
Mihajlovic: 'Bologna believed to the end'

Sinisa Mihajlovic was pleased with the ‘desire to react’ that Bologna showed in their comeback to beat Cagliari. ‘This time the lads believed to the end.’

The Rossoblu had been struggling lately and twice fell behind on home turf, but showed great resilience to fight back and eventually win 3-2.

“I am satisfied in general. We repeated the performances we had in recent games, were we were superior and didn’t bring home the result, except this time the lads believed to the end and got a deserved victory,” the coach told DAZN.

“The important thing is that we continue playing like this and improve the things that need improving, but the mentality and general approach has been right for a while.”

Mihajlovic had said last week his Bologna forwards ‘don’t have goals in the blood,’ but Musa Barrow netted twice around a Roberto Soriano strike.

“If our quality players perform up to their standards, then we have a better chance of winning. When they are in good shape, then we score goals. We could’ve had a lot more this season, but I am pleased that Musa broke his duck. Riccardo Orsolini had some ups and downs in the first half, but when the going got tough, he kept the ball and fought hard.

“I was glad to see the desire to react this evening that perhaps was lacking in previous games. I always believe I can win every game. We made some changes in our pressing at half-time, as Aaron Hickey was struggling a little with them doubling up on him, so we put Aaron on Zappa and Tomiyasu on Nandez. We became more solid then.”

Before tonight’s brace, Musa Barrow had not scored yet this season.

“Barrow cuts in from the left and can make the difference. He’s a player who has good technique, he can see the goal, but still has a lot to prove and is very young. Let’s also not forget he broke his hand and I understand that makes him less determined in the tackle. Hopefully, this is the start of a run of goals for him.”

Mihajlovic was also irritated at the second Cagliari goal, scored by Giovanni Simeone.

“I don’t understand why VAR disallows a goal against us because there was a foul at the other end in midfield last week. This time, there’s a foul on Rodrigo Palacio in midfield, they counter and score, nobody says anything. I just want to know what the damn rules are, because if VAR intervenes sometimes and not others, then it’s not clear.

“There’s chaos at the moment and nobody understands anything, VAR intervene when they shouldn’t and don’t intervene when there’s a foul in the penalty area and they should.”