Friday February 14 2014
Ballardini: 'Goal out of nowhere'

Bologna Coach Davide Ballardini can’t believe his side lost to Milan after a stunning Mario Balotelli “goal out of nowhere.”

It had been a very even game at San Siro until SuperMario’s remarkable 40-metre strike in the final minutes.

“It was a very good performance until Balotelli’s goal, as we also created important scoring opportunities and didn’t allow Milan any,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“Milan have the kinds of players who can decide a match at any moment. I am very angry at the result, but at the same time happy with the attitude of my team. We’ve good solid foundations to build on.”

Alessandro Diamanti has left for Guangzhou Evergrande, but the two Bologna performances since his exit have been very encouraging.

“I expected this response. We are a team and we proved it,” continued Ballardini. “We’re happy for Diamanti’s career, but we have to carry on and have other good players who can replace him.

“Bologna were in control tonight and then we conceded that goal out of nowhere. It’s enormously disappointing, because we did not deserve to lose, and at the same time satisfied at playing so well.”

Ballardini was drafted in last month to help save Bologna, replacing the sacked Coach Stefano Pioli.

“I have been a mid-season replacement in seven of my eight Serie A experiences, so I am an expert in this field. I knew full well what awaited us.”

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