Bologna’s match against Cagliari ended in stalemate as neither side managed to break the deadlock. It was evident throughout the game that Bologna were in someway already on vacation as the quality of play from Bologna was not impressing. Here is our review:
Roberto Donadoni made four changes to the team that started against Sampdoria in mid-week. Sebastien De Maio came in for the injured Filip Helander, Andrea Poli came in for Adam Nagy, whilst Riccardo Orsolini came in at right wing-back for Federico Di Francesco. The last change was Rodrigo Palacio returning at the expense of Felipe Avenatti.
What we learned:
Simone Romagnoli has now started two games in a row. Sempre Bologna did not watch the Samp game, but WhoScored had Romagnoli as Bologna’s best player on the day. Against Cagliari, he was tidy on the ball, strong in the tackle, and he also made some important interceptions before he was substituted of in the second half. Having impressed of late, and Helander being out injured, one can expect Romagnoli to play several games between now and the end of the season. He is only on loan, but Bologna do have an option to buy him, which they undoubtedly will use if he keeps going like this.
Riccardo Orsolini started his second game for the club. He showed some promising signs in the first half, but his talent is clearly wasted as right wing-back. Orsolini is, much like Simone Verdi, a player who thrives when cutting inside from wide positions, something he cannot do when he plays as a wing-back. Because of the importance of stretching the opponent and providing width, Orsolini rarely got to showcase his talent. However, when Donadoni made the change to 4-3-3, Orsolini was able to cut inside more often, and he was highly involved in a couple of attacks. Going forward, Orsolini should only play as a part of the attack.
Vacation-mode has kicked in for Bologna. That should come as no surprise as it did last season as well. With a Europa League place way out of sight, as well as any real threat of relegation, Bologna find themselves in a bit of no-man’s-land, and then to let the concentration and intensity drop is understandable. However, Bologna’s ambitions and goal for this season was always to improve on last year, and even though, table-wise, they are in pole-position to do so, they are still two points behind last season’s points-tally. Therefore, Bologna need to step up their game and end the season on a high, gathering as many points as possible.
Antonio Mirante: To choose the best Bologna player from this game was no easy task. No player stood clearly out from the rest, but our pick for man of the match is Bologna’s goalkeeper, Mirante. Even though he had one blunder, he did make several saves, in particular on very good one on Marco Sau. He is therefore our pick for best rossoblù.
Bologna’s next match is home against AC Milan. They come from a shock defeat at home to Benevento, so they will undoubtedly want to redeem themselves with a good performance versus Bologna. It will of course be a tough match, and given the vacation-vibes that were apparent against Cagliari, one should not be surprised if that also is the case against Milan.
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