Zola: “Volata Champions, Bologna e Roma sono le squadre più forti”

Gianfranco Zola, former Italian footballer and now a football pundit, recently spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about the race for a Champions League spot in Serie A. Zola believes that the battle for a spot in the prestigious European competition will come down to Bologna and Roma.

When asked about Bologna, Zola was full of praise for the team managed by Thiago Motta. Having watched them play live against Cagliari, Zola was impressed by their organization and the way the players execute their roles on the field. He described Bologna as a strong and well-coached team that is a pleasure to watch, crediting Motta for his tactical improvements and clear game plan.

Zola also highlighted the performances of Bologna’s striker Zirkzee, noting his ability to both score goals and contribute to the team’s overall play. However, Zola emphasized that Bologna is not a one-man team, mentioning players like Orsolini and Ferguson as other key contributors to the team’s success.

Switching his focus to Roma, Zola commented on the impact of coach Daniele De Rossi, who has brought a new sense of direction and clarity to the team. Zola was surprised by Roma’s previous struggles under Mourinho but noted the positive changes under De Rossi, whom he considers to be an excellent coach.

Regarding the coaching situation at AC Milan, Zola expressed his support for Stefano Pioli, who he believes has done a commendable job despite facing criticism. Zola highlighted Pioli’s past success in winning a Serie A title with an underdog team and urged the Milan management to have faith in him amidst the team’s ups and downs.

In conclusion, Zola touched on the potential returns of Massimiliano Allegri to coaching, suggesting that his experience and track record at the top level should not be overlooked. Zola’s insights provide a fascinating perspective on the current state of affairs in Serie A and the intriguing race for Champions League qualification.