Saturday February 27 2021
Mihajlovic surprised by Bologna victory

Sinisa Mihajlovic admits he did not expect Bologna to beat Lazio 2-0, as they were ‘missing half our defence, but everything went well.’

Just 80 seconds after Lukasz Skorupski saved Ciro Immobile’s penalty, the Rossoblu went up the other end and scored with Ibrahima Mbaye, before Nicola Sansone added another with a splendid volley.

“It was a good performance, and after Immobile had the penalty saved and Ibra Mbaye scored, I said it’s impossible we lose this now!” Mihajlovic told Sky Sport Italia, referring to Mbaye's lack of career goals.

“All joking aside, we played well, could’ve scored more on the counter, and in general I am very happy. We controlled the ball well, closed up the spaces and pressed Lazio hard.

“We are a team who play football and put in the performance. We aren’t always determined enough to convert the chances, but we attack and have a lot of quality in the side. Sometimes we concede on an error or waste chances, but today everything went well.”

Bologna had not beaten one of the top teams yet this season and Mihajlovic admits he was surprised.

“We knew that sooner or later we’d have to beat one of the big clubs. Perhaps I expected it less today than any other, as we had to change half the defence and the full-backs are particularly important for attacking as well as defending.

“Lollo De Silvestri and Mbaye had great games filling in. Both Mbaye and Sansone had injuries, so they lacked consistency during the season. Ibra always works hard when he’s able to and he had a great game on the left, whereas he’s more of a right-back.

“There are many games to go, we spent six weeks with seven to 10 players out injured, now they’re almost all back, let’s try to see what we can do.

“Our objective is to secure safety, because this is a strange season, but once we do that, we can think about other targets. With this attitude, I’m sure we’ll do it.”