Sinisa Mihajlovic was pleased with Bologna’s victory over Lazio, but frustrated at the lack of consistency. ‘We must reflect on why we can’t seem to play like this every game.’
The Rossoblu badly needed a boost after one point from three games, including heavy defeats to Inter and Empoli, with reports the coach could even be fired.
Mihajlovic moved to a 3-4-2-1 formation and it proved effective, resulting in a 3-0 victory over Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio.
Musa Barrow took centre-stage, scoring the opener with a curler, then providing assists for Arthur Theate and Aaron Hickey.
It was the ideal way for the club to celebrate their 112th birthday, as Bologna was founded on this day in 1909.
“I was convinced we would put in a great performance today, because if we step onto the pitch with the right attitude, we have a good chance of winning games,” Mihajlovic told Sky Sport Italia.
“We’ve lacked consistency over the opening seven rounds. We must all reflect on why we can’t seem to play like this every game. Now we go into the break for international duty, perhaps that’s an inconvenience for our momentum, but we will prepare in the best possible way to repeat this next time.”
The coach was asked about his change of tactics from the usual 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-2-1 to a 3-4-2-1 formation.
“The most important thing was the spirit, not the tactics. Barrow did really well on the opening goal, while we had worked on the Theate routine in training.
“I like to be far more attacking in my football, but seeing as we conceded too many goals lately, I decided to help the lads by covering more of those spaces.
“The system comes second, behind focus on attitude, intensity and concentration. Those are elements that do not depend on the opposition.”
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