Mihajlovic: ‘It will be hard for Mourinho’

Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic predicts ‘it will be hard’ to succeed for Jose Mourinho at Roma, although his return ‘is good for Serie A.’

The Special One has signed a three-year deal with the Giallorossi.

“I am happy because [his return] is a good thing for Italian football. He has charisma and personality, but Roma can be challenging. We’ll see what happens,” Mihajlovic said at a press conference.

“He’ll need a team. Great players make great coaches. Roma deserve the praise because nobody expected it.

“I am convinced Mourinho will do well, he could even fight for the title, but he should be able to handle the environment well. It will be hard for him.”

The Rossoblù face Udinese tomorrow and a draw would allow both sides to reach the 40-point mark.

“We’ll try to gain as many points as possible in the last four games of the season,” Mihajlovic said.

“We want to use some footballers to see if they can be helpful for the next campaign. Somebody could make his debut, keeping an eye on the result.

“The team has its own identity, I’ve never won against Udinese since I am the Bologna coach, and I want to change that.

“A few years ago, I could have become their coach, and I would have liked it, they are a great club.”

Rodrigo Palacio scored a hat-trick against Fiorentina last weekend, becoming the older player in Serie A to do so. What has the future in store for him?

“He will decide what to do. He doesn’t look like a 39-year-old for the way he plays. However, he is 39, so we’ll see what he wants to do.

“I’d like him to stay, but it’s up to him. Age is not important, what matters is if a player is good or not.

“Against Fiorentina, he proved he can be crucial for us.”

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