Juventus may have won six on the trot without conceding in Serie A, but Bologna boss Stefano Pioli maintains that no game is a foregone conclusion.
And with the right attitude, he believes his men have every chance of springing an upset against the Bianconeri at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara tomorrow evening despite poor recent form at home.
Previewing tomorrow’s clash in his press conference, the Rossoblu technician began: “Belief is our motto for tomorrow’s match. Anything is possible in a game of football, and for us that means competing with conviction and a desire to dictate the play whenever possible.”
Juventus’ rise to the top of the league table this season has been founded on tireless energy and the highest number of passes made by any top flight side, a strategy which Pioli is looking to replicate tomorrow.
“We’ll have to put in a really spirited performance with lots of running, trying to play at the highest technical level possible. If we use the ball well, we’ll cause them some problems.”
Just over the horizon for the Bianconeri is Tuesday’s decisive final Champions League game against Galatasaray, but Pioli doesn’t believe that they will be in any way distracted from the task immediately at hand.
“The group and their whole setup is accustomed to these challenges, and they never underestimate anyone. So I don’t think Juventus will be distracted, because they’ll want to keep their positive momentum going. Besides, they’ll have more days than usual to recover.”
The Bologna manager concluded with a word on the prospective Juve strike duo which his defence will have to try and contend with tomorrow evening.
“Tevez and Llorente are a very strong partnership. Tevez operates between the lines, while Llorente is a complete player who allows the midfielders to break into the box to good effect. But in my opinion those two won’t start tomorrow.”