Bologna’s dreadful form continues from last season

Despite being in chaos for much of last season – not paying players’ wages, not paying taxes and treating their presidency like a game of musical chairs, Bologna, with the help of club captain Marco Di Vaio, managed to stay up.
You would have thought that the club would have had enough drama last term and would have settled for a steady campaign in mid-table. But as with most things in Serie A, steady is often not a reality. Their dreadful run, which dates back to last season, currently reads as 11 games without a win and in nine of those games, they were without a goal.
It did not take long for the second series of drama to begin, as much of the news coming out of the Rossoblu in the summer was whether young Uruguayan attacker Gaston Ramirez was going to remain at the club. There was talk of a move to either Manchester City or Inter and it was made clear by his agent that Ramirez wanted out.
Though the club has managed to keep hold of him, somewhat controversially, he is yet to play this season although the club did manage to bring players in. The main area that needed strengthening was the attacking department where the remarkable Di Vaio scored an amazing 54% of all Bologna’s league goals (19). So in came Robert Acquafresca and the flamboyant Alessandro Diamanti – thought to be shrewd signings.
However, any notions of Bologna and clever transfer dealings were quickly forgotten when, appallingly, the Felsinei failed to seal the permanent signing of highly rated goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano due to an administration error.
The players have been used to this kind of disruption for the last year with the club having been docked points for failing to pay taxes and the players themselves not receiving their salary. The squad showed superb team spirit to stay up but ever since last season’s survival was assured, the team’s form has dramatically dropped.
Nobody expected the Rossoblu to be spectacular this season but they are at least expected to achieve safety. On paper their squad looks solid enough with the likes of goalkeeper Jean-Francois Gillet, Uruguay pair Diego Perez and Henri Gimenez and the already mentioned attacking trio.
Both Di Vaio and Coach Pierpaolo Bisoli have stated their concerns in recent days about the squad’s mental attitude. “We lose confidence in games,” said Di Vaio while Bisoli said himself that the team ‘fell apart’ after their home defeat to Lecce at the weekend.
With their next three fixtures being against Juventus, Inter and Udinese it looks like it can only get better for Bisoli’s men after it gets a little worse. However, with the squad seemingly lacking the right mental attitude maybe they can look back to last season’s 2-0 victory away at Juventus for inspiration. If they get a similar result tonight, Bologna tifosi will happily accept a little more drama in Juve’s new theatre.

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