For his debut, Thiago Motta, new coach of Bologna, lost 1-0 at home against Empoli, during the 7th day of the Italian championship.
Former Italian international Thiago Motta, appointed coach of Bologna on Monday to replace Sinisa Mihajlovic, missed his debut by losing 1-0 at home against Empoli, during the 7th day of the Italian championship.
The Rossoblù concede their third defeat in seven matches. With this new setback, Bologna is temporarily approaching the red zone (15th), while Empoli is moving away from it (11th).
For his debut, Motta had made a change of tactical system by opting for a 4-2-3-1 instead of the 3-5-2 of his predecessor. The former Genoa and La Spezia coach has brought Gary Medel up in midfield and placed Marko Arnautovic alone in the lead. Long hooked, the Bologna players ended up conceding their tenth goal of the season at the end of the game, when Filippo Bandinelli (75th) took advantage of a poorly negotiated ball by goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski. The post, on an attempt by Arnautovic (77th), and the crossbar, on a strike by Joshua Zirkzee (90th), dashed the hopes of an equalizer for Motta's men.
The former FC Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris SG player, who became a coach in 2018, replaced Sinisa Mihajlovic at the start of the week, dismissed after five disappointing first days of Serie A (three draws, two defeats). The Serbian technician spent three and a half years at the club, marked by his fight against leukemia since the summer of 2019.
Taking over before the arrival of Motta, Luca Vigiani had allowed Bologna to win their first match of the season, against Fiorentina (2-1), on the 6th day.