Pioli wants Bologna to show heart

Stefano Pioli has called on Bologna to replicate the heart they

showed against Inter last Sunday when they face Juventus on

Wednesday night.

The northern Italian outfit were beaten 3-1 at the weekend and

are second-bottom of Serie A with just two victories from their

opening nine fixtures.

In contrast, last seasons champions Juventus top the table and

their unbeaten run stretches back as far as last May.

“I hope to see tomorrow in my players the same spirit on Sunday,

knowing that now face the strongest opponent of the season,” he

told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

“We are working on different angles and situations and it is

clear that the impact on the match with Inter has been positive: I

still believe that we lack a little to get to the result and we

must learn to finish the game with the same mentality with which we

begin.

“The performance in Turin will be important, in which each ball

may be the decisive one. The only thought of myself and my staff

all work together to grow in consistency and continuity.”

Their opponents head into the match at the Juventus Stadium off

the back of a controversial 1-0 win over Catania.

The Elephants had a goal disallowed in their 1-0 loss, but only

after the referee initially signalled a goal and then changed his

mind following vehement protests from the Juve bench.

Juve have cancelled all media activities in protest at the way

assistant coach Angelo Alessio was questioned by reporters after

the match.

Both teams have a player suspended for the game with Alessandro

Diamanti missing out for Bologna, while Arturo Vidal will also be

absent.