Milan vs. Bologna  2 - 1


Pioli targeting another big scalp

20 January 2013 14:34

Bologna coach Stefano Pioli says his side will look to play their own game and cause an upset when they visit AC Milan on Sunday.

Pioli's side have already shocked superior teams this season, defeating third-placed Napoli in both Serie A and the Coppa Italia, and the coach is looking for a repeat performance against Massimiliano Allegri's Milan.

"You prepare for Milan with sharpness, concentration and focus, especially as they have been on a positive run," the 47- year-old said in a press conference.

"A difficult match awaits us, but with the right attitude and more precision, we (can) play our game."

Although Bologna will enter the fixture on the back of a 3-2 Coppa Italia extra-time defeat by Inter Milan, Pioli insisted that result will help them when they take on the Milan.

"The disappointment at the Coppa result had vanished by Wednesday morning," he said.

"However, we bring with us the performance against Inter and the knowledge we played one of our best games of the season."

Bologna sit four points clear of the relegation places in Serie A.


Montolivo wary of Bologna

19 January 2013 13:26

AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo says his club desperately need to take all three points from Sunday's Serie A match against Bologna.

The Italy international feels Bologna will not be pushovers, though, and has singled out Alberto Gilardino as their main attacking threat.

"Bologna have good technical qualities and we'll have to be careful because they have quality in the middle and up front," Montolivo told Milan Channel.

"Gilardino is back scoring for them, but we absolutely have to win."

Montolivo said he is prepared to play wherever coach Massimiliano Allegri needs him.

"Playing in front of the defence? I like it and as I always say, I'll do anything for the team. If I play there on Sunday, I'll give everything I have," he said.

"I'm very happy to be a part of the Milan family. When you play for the big teams, you always have that special motivation."

Montolivo has made 18 Serie A appearances for Milan so far this term, netting two goals in the process.

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +47 87
2 38 +37 78
3 38 +28 72
4 38 +28 70
5 38 +14 66
6 38 +15 62
7 38 +9 61
8 38 +4 56
9 38 -2 54
10 38 -1 49
11 38 -12 47
12 38 -15 45
13 38 -6 44
14 38 -8 42
15 38 -17 40
16 38 -9 39
17 38 -14 38
18 38 -20 32
19 38 -21 30
20 38 -57 22