Saturday October 31 2020
Di Francesco: 'Cagliari have to defend better'

Eusebio Di Francesco was ‘angry’ with Cagliari after twice fumbling a lead to lose 3-2 at Bologna. ‘We can’t score four goals every game to get points.’

The Sardinians twice took the lead at the Stadio Dall’Ara with Joao Pedro and Giovanni Simeone, only to be overturned by Roberto Soriano and a Musa Barrow brace.

“I wish I knew what happened…” the coach told DAZN when asked how this result came about.

“We played with too much superficiality, I am very angry, as we allowed them to get their shots away far too easily. This team has started to show some good work going forward, but you have to defend too and I do not like the defensive movement at all.

“If we keep giving leads away, that is unacceptable and we have to do better. I want the team to realise that if we want to achieve certain results, we have got to defend in a different way.”

Nahitan Nandez continues to impress in various different roles, including as part of the supporting trio behind Cholito Simeone.

“He is improving a great deal on a tactical level. We created superiority on the right flank, but didn’t make the most of that. We also had too many misplaced passes when going on the counter, we were too hasty and that cost us.

“After their third goal, we were constantly in their half, but didn’t finish our scoring opportunities. Simeone had a knock, while Joao Pedro was moving well between the lines, so I opted to introduce Leonardo Pavoletti as a more physical presence.

“We need to find a balance, and we are only doing it in fits and starts. I don’t mind putting four forwards on, but we cannot allow Bologna to have shots from the edge of the box four or five times that easily. It’s unacceptable, we must realise that we can’t score four goals every game to get points and that means defending differently.”