Delio Rossi expects his players to come up against a particularly determined Bianconeri outfit in Sunday evening’s match at Juventus Stadium.
The experienced coach stressed that Bologna will have to be on their toes against Massimiliano Allegri’s men, who are looking to increase their points tally after a slow start to the season.
The Rossoblu, meanwhile, are currently second from bottom in the table and Rossi is keen for his newly-promoted side to start converting their improved performances into results.
Speaking to journalists this afternoon, he began: “Juventus are in a transitional phase but they still boast a backbone of champions who are hungry to do well and so I know that they’ll be particularly pumped up for tomorrow’s match.
“Besides their notable individual qualities, the Bianconeri can also count high levels of concentration, physical prowess and fitness among their main strengths, all of which are contributing factors to their success.
“In recent weeks I’ve seen a rise in the level of performances from my team even if results have not improved. We need to find a spark but we need to produce this on our own. If we keep putting in decent displays without picking up points then that means we’ve still plenty of things to work on.”
Founded on 3 October 1909, Bologna is celebrating its 106th birthday today and so Rossi was also keen for his men to honour the landmark event with a positive outcome 24 hours afterwards.
The 55-year-old concluded: “Today marks a special occasion for this club, so we hope we can deliver a nice present tomorrow. The players are disappointed with our position in the table and the only way to improve matters is to give everything we’ve got on the pitch.
“There are certain stadia, like the one where we’ll be tomorrow, in which many footballers will have dreamt of playing. When I think about my own charges, the majority of whom are young and making their maiden campaigns in Serie A, I hope that going to places like Juventus Stadium fills them with the desire and determination to prove that they deserve to be in this division.”