Lewis Ferguson: ‘Motta is a perfectionist. I dream of the Champions League’


Scottish midfielder Lewis Ferguson calls Bologna coach Thigo Motta a ‘perfectionist’ and says he is dreaming of playing in the Champions League. The Rossoblu currently sit in 8th place, but are just 2 points off 4th placed Fiorentina with 17 matches of the season left. Speaking with Corriere di Bologna, Ferguson recounted his experiences in Bologna to date, sharing details of working with Motta and their goals for 2024-25:

“We’re continuing to play well even if the results aren’t coming. The one against Udinese was the only game in which we deserved to lose: a bad day. With Genoa a fantastic second half. In the Coppa Italia we didn’t deserve to go out. I was confident we’d win on penalties, we’d been practising. At Cagliari the first half was perfect, the game plan was excellent, we were in control. After the equaliser we lost something, I don’t know if mentally or physically. But when you can’t win you mustn’t lose: that’s the shot to take. Matches like that we must not leave on the road any more,’ said Lewis Ferguson to

“Thiago Motta? A great one. A perfectionist. In fact I would say obsessed with football. If you want to be a top coach you have to be like that. Every day he keeps the standard high. He wants to improve everyone, to see 100 per cent. For me he has been a godsend. Since he arrived last year he has given me confidence and believed in me blindly. He always let me play, it’s something special to have a manager who makes you feel important.

“I have a contract until 2027 and I love being here and working with Motta: he wants to make all the players grow. The best coaches in the world are the ones who know how to prepare and win games and make players develop.”

“It would be great to make the Champions League with Bologna. I don’t think too far ahead, I enjoy the moment: I want to play at the highest level for as long as possible. Right now I’m doing well, but I think I can still improve on everything.”


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