Mihajlovic: ‘I like to press, but sometimes I’m forced to defend’

by | Oct 16, 2021 11:13

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said he wants to ‘play openly’ and with ‘courage’, but admitted the Rossoblu are often ‘obliged to defend’.

The Rossoblu are travelling to Udinese for Sunday’s game in Serie A Week 8, arriving from a 3-0 win over Lazio ahead of the international break.

Mihajlovic has been criticised for some of the performances this term and the Serbian coach claims he’s always looking to entertain and play attacking football.

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“We are certainly more compact at the back, but we always have our principles when we attack,” Mihajlovic said at a press conference.

“We are waiting for others to get in shape too, I don’t think it’s a problem of the formation. I like to press hard, play openly.

“Sometimes, not by choice, I’m obliged to defend. Whether as a player or as a coach, I have always tried to show courage, but you need balance too.

“I behave accordingly with respect to what I see this week.”

Gary Medel returns from international duty with Chile and Mihajlovic said the veteran wants to play.

“I haven’t seen him, he arrives around noon,” Mihajlovic said. “I’ve only seen [Nicolas] Dominguez. I will definitely talk to him, he called me from Chile and said he’s ready to play.

“We will have to see, he played between Thursday and Friday morning, he has a 16-hour journey behind him.

“Nico [Dominguez] is a little younger, he hasn’t played and it’s a bit easier for him. For Medel, I think it’s difficult to picture him on the pitch. We’ll see, but it made me happy that he called me.

“We have always spoke like men, I have always been clear with the utmost respect. When he doesn’t play, he’s difficult to manage, he doesn’t do it on purpose, that’s how he is.”

Bologna have picked up 11 points from the first seven games and sit ninth in the table ahead of the trip to Udine.

Udinese played 3-3 against Sampdoria at the Luigi Ferraris ahead of the break and are eager to push on and end the winless run of four games on Sunday.

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