Thursday January 13 2011
Malesani: Bologna deserve a 10

Bologna Coach Alberto Malesani believes his side deserve a 10 out of 10 for their performances this season.

The Felsinei currently lie 10th in Serie A with 24 points and haven't been this high in the table for eight years.

Bologna's success is especially remarkable when one considers that they have incurred a one-point penalty and expect to be punished again this week.

The FIGC is set to chalk off another two points for financial irregularities stretching back to Sergio Porcedda's time as owner of the club.

Speaking to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Malesani said: "When Porcedda called me, I soon adhered to his radical project based on launching many young players.

"The negative events that followed have slowed the process of development even if, by paradox, the team has got everything out that it had inside with the great spirit that lives in the dressing room.

"We wouldn't be where we are today without the saves of Emiliano Viviano and the goals of Marco Di Vaio."

Asked if Bologna's objectives have changed given their place in the table, Malesani said: "No. We have to survive and that's it.

"For us staying in Serie A after everything that's happened is worth a Scudetto."