A change in content + Coppa Italia win

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As some of you may be aware of, the layout of the site changed earlier in the summer. Previously, there was more of a grid-layout resembling that of a typical news site. Now, however, the layout of Sempre Bologna is more in the vicinity of the standard blog-format.

This change in layout was made for one particular reason:

The content of the site will change this season. Last year’s match previews/reviews will be gone (mostly), whilst more opinion-based blog posts will be the focus. This change in content happens because reviews/previews are not the most interesting pieces to write, nor to read. A lot of the same stuff is written week in, week out, and for me to develop myself as a writer I needed to change things up.

Additionally, I will not be able to watch all Bologna games this season, as opposed to nearly every game last year, and I know from experience how difficult it is to get a hold of other people to cover the games I cannot cover myself.

This summer, you will have seen the change in content from the more objective pieces of last season, to the current pieces having more of a fan-perspective. Feedback on the site is as always appreciated.

We are currently only days away from the beginning of a new Serie A season, and the expectations are high. With a new head coach in Filippo Inzaghi, as well as several new players, the excitement grows as we get closer to the first game of the season.

Yesterday was the first official match of the season as Bologna beat Padova in Coppa Italia. Goals from Blerim Dzemaili and Mitchell Dijks sent us through to the next round, where we will face off against Crotone. It’s never easy against teams from the lower leagues, something Roberto Donadoni found out last season. Getting through to the next round was all that mattered, and Inzaghi delivered.

Even though I did not watch the game, I nevertheless learned a few things from the game:

For one thing, we got to see how Inzaghi lined up the team. Federico Mattiello and Mitchell Dijks played as the wide midfielders, and they are expected to do so as the Serie A commences this weekend. These players should provide us with more width going forward than what was the case last season, and Mattiello was the one who was fouled when we got a penalty last night. Encouraging signs.

The central defence of Giancarlo Gonzalez, Filip Helander and Arturo Calabresi was also an interesting one. The first two are probably the best defenders we have got, whilst the young Italian has got very little experience. Still, as a part of a back three, Calabresi can do a good job.

The striking duo of Diego Falcinelli and Rodrigo Palacio was intriguing. The duo is loaded with work-rate, and they can hassle any defender. I would guess that these two players will start at the weekend against Spal, given their experience in the league. Federico Santander has been struggling with a knock of late, and although he is fit now and played some minutes last night, he will probably only make the bench.

That’s all for today, until next time.

Photo: Bologna FC

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