Excellent start for the Tuscans who come close to scoring with Lammers. At 75 ‘comes the goal of the midfielder on an assist from Henderson. Arnautovic’s post and Zirkzee’s crossbar in the 90th minute
A pole from Arnautovic and a crossbar from Zirkzee are not enough to bring down the joy of an Empoli who takes his first victory of the season and deservedly too. Zanetti’s patrol legitimized the three points with a direct and safe game throughout the race, touching the advantage three times already in the first minutes and seizing it in the half hour of the restart with Bandinelli, good at slipping into a chaos created by Skorupski and Posch with Lammers in the middle to act as a spoiler. Motta’s Bologna is not yet something precise: the new 4-2-3-1 showed flaws, voids, not the aggression that the coach wanted. In short, it is an obviously chaotic and difficult to read mix.
The predictions were right: Motta goes to 4-2-3-1 and moves Medel in the middle of the field, launching for the first time the pair of central Posch-Lucumì with De Silvestri (who returns from 1 ‘) and Cambiaso at his side. Zanetti sets up the hypothesized formation but with Bajrami in place of Pjaca and a system that detaches Marin in front of the defense for a 4-1-3-2 with attacking couple Lammers (which immediately brings the danger to the 5 ‘, Skorupski parade) and Satriano. For Thiago Motta it is the absolute debut on the Bologna bench and the beginning is much more Empoli: Cambiaso loses a ball (7 ‘) on the edge of the area and Satriano takes advantage of it until Skorupski’s foot parade again. That must be repeated, then for the third time in 10 ‘again on Lammers after a terribly short ball in Posch’s back pass. Bologna that starts dazed, Empoli decided but wasteful. Thiago Motta fails to see what he wants, that is high pressing, immediate recovery of the ball, coverings that Barrow and Orsolini are not used to chasing: all this also and above all thanks to the Tuscans who maneuver quickly, finding themselves and also exchanging positions , creating game alternatives. Zanetti was right: his Empoli creates but how hard it is to finalize … In three minutes Orsolini engages Vicario, then the home team begins to grow: man on man, immediate search for the reconquest of the ball but the spark is not seen from the Bolognese side for all the first half. Better than Empoli: behind nothing wrong (apart from the returns of Furore-Parisi), in the middle he always finds free companions, sharpening the anxiety of a Bologna that is still a middle ground between many concepts between past and present.
pole and crossbar
The Bolognese alarm could ring twice at the dawn of the second half: the referee Volpi decrees a penalty for the arm of Stojanovic (wide) on a cross from Cambiaso who, however, had previously received the ball offside: Nasca, at the Var, puts everything in order. Same thing a few minutes later: quick combination with Orsolini’s final shot (saved by Vicario, 16 ‘), but Barrow had assisted everything in an “illegal” position. But it is at half an hour that everything opens: cross from the right by Henderson, Posch and Lammers disturb Skorupski’s exit, the ball ends up with the interventionist Bandinelli and Empoli’s advantage. Deserved. Bologna reacts but does not go beyond a pole taken by Arnautovic (77 ‘) and a knee crossbar by Zirkzee (90’): too little against an Empoli who – unlike Bologna – has always known what to do and how to hit..
September 17, 2022 (change September 17, 2022 | 17:10)
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