Bologna have chosen Filippo Inzaghi as their new head coach, replacing Roberto Donadoni. They had to wait until the end of Venezia’s journey in the playoff before making the official announcement, but it looks like the former Milan legend was their first choice all along. He has inked a contract till June of 2020.
Shortly after retiring, Inzaghi went into coaching in the Rossoneri youth system and, after two successful seasons, he was promoted to the first team in 2014, replacing Clarence Seedorf. His first stint did not go well, as they finished 10th and collected 13 wins, 13 draws and 12 losses. He was let go in the summer, with the Devil going with Sinisa Mihajlovic.
He then decided to cut his teeth in the lower leagues and accepted Venezia’s offer to manage the club owned by Joe Tacopina in Serie C. They won their group at the first try and then proceeded to have a very successful campaign in Serie B as well, where, despite being newly promoted, closed the year in fifth position and were eliminated by Palermo in the postseason.
Despite Inzaghi’s playing pedigree, the Lagunari mostly relied on strong defending and they were in the top three in terms of goal allowed. His base formation is 3-5-2, a scheme Bologna already used at times this summer, and suits some of their youngsters such as Erick Pulgar, dabbling in 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 when he needed a goal. He relies on dynamic box-to-box midfielders, which bodes well for Blerin Dzemaili and Godfred Donsah. Venezia did not have a proper go-to scorer, they rotated a lot upfront. The Felsinei have already lost Simone Verdi, which will likely lead to an ample overhaul of the roster.
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