Not a lot to write about today as we await the Crotone game Saturday. The Roma result was a let down, but the performance was great. If we build on that, we will get some positive results soon enough. There are some things that have been on my mind since Roma:
Rodrigo Palacio will most likely be fit for Crotone. This is great news, as we’ve been missing him ever since he was injured. Neither Destro nor Petkovic have performed well up top, and we need Palacio’s cleverness and work rate. If he starts against Crotone, and keeps going at the level he was before the injury, we will most likely cause a lot of problems for the Crotone defence.
Our squad is big and full of quality. I wrote this after the Lazio game aswell, when there were several fringe players that stepped into the lineup. Mirante was out injured against Roma, and in came the excellent Angelo Da Costa. What impressed me most about his performance was how he played with the ball at his feet, and his distribution. As I touched upon in the Roma match review, Mirante’s got a contender for his place as first choice goalkeeper.
Federico Di Francesco is developing really well. After a good first season in Serie A last year, Di Francesco has kept on developing this season. The Roma game was maybe one of his best games for Bologna, and if he can add goals to his game, he will be a great player for us.
Bologna have a big game issue. And by issue, I mean we play really well against the stronger teams. All season we’ve upped our game against the teams that should, on paper, beat us. This is great, but it’s also part of a trend where we don’t play as well against the teams that are supposedly on the same level as we are, or lower. The difference in our performance against Spal, Sassuolo and Genoa, in contrast to Napoli, Inter and Roma, is quite staggering. If we can perform well against most teams, we’ll have a successful season.
That’s all for today, as there has not been a lot of news about the club in the aftermath of the Roma game. I’ll be back here tomorrow, see you in the comments!
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