BOLOGNA NEWS

Claudio Ranieri urged Sampdoria to “keep it simple” and build on the positives seen against Roma, as they visit Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna.
Milan director Paolo Maldini believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic might be held back from returning to Italy by “fear,” while discussing the problem with a young squad.
The referees for Serie A Week 9 have been announced, with Daniele Orsato given Roma-Milan.
Referees chief Marcello Nicchi insists Matthijs de Ligt’s handball “was never a penalty” and urges fans to “stop coming to games” if they think otherwise.
Bologna assistant manager Emilio De Leo suggests the referee viewing the Matthijs de Ligt incident on VAR “would’ve been a nice gesture.”
Maurizio Sarri complained Juventus left it too open for Bologna. “There’s a fine line between passing the ball effectively and keeping ephemeral possession.”
Bologna had penalty appeals in the final minutes of their 2-1 defeat to Juventus, but the IFAB rules show it was not a spot-kick.
Miralem Pjanic admits Juventus “need to kill off games earlier” after another tricky 2-1 victory over Bologna, but praised the tactical system.
Cristiano Ronaldo and a chaotic Miralem Pjanic strike allowed Juventus to squeeze past Bologna 2-1, despite Danilo’s impressive chest and volley.
Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s three Serie A games, Lazio-Atalanta for Europe, Napoli-Verona and Juventus host Sinisa Mihajlovic’s Bologna.
Serie A leaders Juventus start Adrien Rabiot, Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi against an attack-minded Bologna with Rodrigo Palacio.
Danilo is back in the Juventus squad for this evening’s game with Bologna, but Aaron Ramsey and Douglas Costa are still out.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked back over his Serie A career at Juventus, Inter and Milan, but the Rossoneri are now “a disaster, not the club everyone fell in love with.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic explained why he could return to Serie A for Inter, Napoli or even Bologna. “It remains the most difficult league in the world.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares “Italy is my second home, but I want to challenge for the Scudetto. I can still make the difference. I’m not a zoo animal to be put on display.”
Sinisa Mihajlovic is back on the Bologna bench tonight against Juventus, but Riccardo Orsolini reveals “he gave us a good telling off even on Skype!”
Bologna assistant Emilio De Leo has warned Juventus that “we won’t hold back”, although they will be without Mitchell Dijks.
Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed he can live with “scepticism” and that Juan Cuadrado will remain a right-back under his watch.
Sinisa Mihajlovic took his first training session since he was diagnosed with leukaemia and wants to be on the Bologna bench this Saturday against Juventus.
The referees for Serie A Week8 are announced as Fabrizio Pasqua will officiate Stefano Pioli’s Milan debut against Lecce.