Thiago Motta proud taking charge of Bologna: I have full respect for Mihajlovic

Thiago Motta is delighted taking charge of Bologna.

Motta succeeds Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was sacked last week.

Former Spezia coach Motta said at Tuesday’s presentation: “I was pushed to come here by the history of Bologna and the team we have. I feel proud to be here as the coach of Bologna. I have full respect for Mihajlovic, he will always be part of Bologna’s history.

“I like teams who play attacking football, but with balance. I would like a team that reacts immediately when losing the ball.

“As far as I am concerned, a team must have a tactical organisation that also gives individual players the freedom to express themselves on the pitch. We must always focus on what is best for the team.

“Everything I experienced made me ready for this challenge. I had many extraordinary coaches in my career that taught me so much, like Carlo Ancelotti, Gian Piero Gasperini and Jose Mourinho, so it is difficult to choose just one influence.”