Tuesday September 20 2011
Preview: Juventus - Bologna

Marco Di Vaio has reiterated Pierpaolo Bisoli's belief that Bologna are lacking the right mental attitude to overcome a poor run of form.

The 35-year-old, who has finished as Bologna's top scorer in each of the three seasons he has been at the Renato Dall'Ara, told Il Resto del Carlino of his views on why the team have lost both games so far this season.

"One in particular cannot make snap judgements. One is required to understand what is the true level of this team. There is a glaring gap that exists between Bologna on the training ground, and that which plays the games.

"[These] are simple and basic. In training, everyone keeps to Serie A pace. Then comes the game and everything is as you see now.

"Except our training is dedicated to intensity, rhythm and colour."

Bologna recorded their first away win over Juventus in 30 years with a 2-0 victory in February, but Di Vaio acknowledges preparing to travel to Turin for the same fixture this season is very different.

"We must be honest with ourselves and with others - the approach to Juventus, compared to last year, is very different. Let's say the coup was in the air [in February], that the foundations had been laid little at a time beforehand.

"Today's words are addressed regardless, in reality. Let's more small steps on solid ground, then take off in hope."

When asked of the players' messages through the summer that promised a more physical team that would display a pride to play for the club, Di Vaio is insistent that this remains the case.

"It was not just a slogan. The first to say these things was us, the players, because the work on the field has always been our guide.

"We trust what we see in training and the problem is this - we do not know how to control the game. I also think there is an excessively competitive character to the team.

"Diamanti is perhaps the only highlight, as he has always been in the League."

"It is not that we are putting our heads in the sand like ostriches. The story is this - a good start, but after the first difficulty we flake away, we lose our confidence.

"The most important thing is to be aware of the moment that you live in, and know how to adapt.

"We must not think of our limits, or of the two wins for Juventus, or the new stadium. We must be practical and sure of ourselves."