Sunday January 19 2014
Ballardini: 'European Napoli'

Davide Ballardini asked for help from Bologna fans against Napoli, “the most European team in Italy.”

The Stadio Dall’Ara hosts this fixture at 14.00 GMT, click here for a match preview.

It will be Ballardini’s second game on the Rossoblu bench after a dull 0-0 draw with Lazio last week, which saw them jeered off the field.

“That was disappointing, as we need the support from our fans,” confessed the Coach in his Press conference.

“Sometimes people who love the club colours too much can make a mistake, as the players gave their all last Saturday. I want to be clear and reassure the fans that our effort and commitment is not in question.

“The only way we can transform jeers into applause is with performances and results. The performances must always show our hunger, hard work and sporting aggression.

“It’s normal for a team in this position to be a little tense, but I found Bologna in good shape psychologically. We must act as a unit and above all be extremely hungry.

“We know Napoli are a great side, probably the most European team in Italy, as they attack with seven or eight men. It’s a shame if Marek Hamsik is fit to start, as he’s such a great player, though Napoli have done pretty well even without him...”

Alessandro Diamanti is back in the side with Frederik Sorensen, while Diego Perez is also expected to play.

Bologna squad for Napoli: Agliardi, Curci, Stojanovic; Antonsson, Cherubin, Crespo, Garics, Mantovani, Morleo, Natali, Sorensen; Della Rocca, Kone, Krhin, Laxalt, Pazienza, Perez; Acquafresca, Bianchi, Christodoulopoulos, Cristaldo, Diamanti, Moscardelli

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