Given the international break there’s not a lot happening in the world of Bologna. During the break there will therefore not be posted articles on Sempre Bologna everyday, but the situation regarding Bologna will therefore be viewed day-by-day. If something new comes up we’ll be here to report on it as it happens. For now though, we’ll give an update on Bologna every two/three days.
Since the Crotone game, some things have happened:
Internationals: 6 Bologna players are currently away with their respective national teams. Torosidis will be part of Greece’s world cup playoff against Croatia. Krafth and Helander are both part of the Sweden squad that will play against Italy in the world cup playoff. Nagy and Gonzalez will both take part in friendly matches for their respective teams, while Donsah is part of the Ghana squad in their quest for a place in Russia.
Federico Di Francesco: As touched upon in the Crotone match review, Di Francesco went out injured at half time. Scans have now been made, and he will be out for approximately 60 days. Huge setback for him, as he’s established himself in the team, and been playing quite well. His qualities, and in particular understanding with Verdi will be missed. His injury means a chance for someone else though, and Bologna has got several players that can play in his position. One option is moving Palacio out wide, and Destro as the striker. Palacio’s work rate and creativity would be very useful on the flank, and I think it also would bring out the best of Destro. Other options are Ladislav Krejci, Cesar Falletti and Orji Okwonkwo. Krejci is the most likely option among these, but it would be interesting to see how the young Nigerian performed. He has done quite well when called upon, and it would do his development very good to be given some games in a row.
Simone Verdi: He made history with his two goals against Crotone, and now everyone wants a piece of him. No player in Serie A since 04-05 had scored two free kicks in a game with two different feet. He’s becoming more and more valuable, and now people are talking of him moving to a bigger club. He signed a new deal earlier this year thankfully, so if he were to go, Bologna would get good money for him. However, Bologna is the right place for him at the moment, as he needs to play regularly, something his agent also has been talking about.
Roberto Donadoni: The coach has got some pressure hanging on his shoulder at the moment, and a big job ahead of him. A lot of people want to see him go, and it’s understandable given how the team has performed. I touched upon this in an earlier post saying that he should be given a couple of more games, and then we’ll see. I stand by this, as Bologna still are sitting higher in the table than where they finished last season, although the ambitions of the club should be higher than the 12th that they’re currently sitting in. Time will tell how long Donadoni stays in Bologna, but for now he’s still the coach.
That’s all for today, next post will come in a couple of days, or if something important in the world of Bologna occurs!