Bolognago into this season in a unique situation. On the one hand, they hope to build on a great second half of the season under Siniša Mihajlović that saw them finish 10th. On the other, there is a huge, dark cloud hanging over the club due to Mihajlović being diagnosed with acute leukaemia over the summer. That situation obviously creates a lot of uncertainty. Still, there is a lot of excitement due to clever additions to an already good squad and interesting tactics. This tactical analysisscout reportof Bologna will provide a season previewof the tacticsthey will look to implement.

Tactical analysis: Siniša Mihajlović’s tactics

Siniša Mihajlović has had spells at various different Serie A clubs, including Fiorentina, Milan, Sampdoria and Torino, without impressing tactically. My overriding image of a Mihajlović team is one pumped with a lot of energy but with little tactical substance when the enthusiasm fades. He has always seemed to be a motivator rather than an innovator. However, his work with Bologna last season (when he returned for a second spell at the club) and now in pre-season suggests some clear, interesting tactical ideas.

Just like in his time at Torino, Mihajlović has preferred a 4-1-4-1 defensively. In possession, Bologna move into a 3-4-2-1 and look to build from the back. Ever since Paulo Sousa’s flexible Fiorentina, who defended in a 4-4-1-1 and attacked in a 3-4-2-1, we’ve seen many Serie A coaches opt for such flexible systems. Below, I’ll look at how Mihajlović makes his Bologna system work.

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