Thiago Motta

Thiago Motta: “I’m Not Thinking About the Champions League”


Thiago Motta insists he’s not thinking about the Champions League, despite Bologna’s 2-1 victory over Atalanta. The Rossoblu came from a goal down to snatch a huge three points that takes them 4 points clear in 4th place. Despite the excellent form, Motta insists he is focusing on the remainder of the season, rather than thinking about playing Champions League football next season:

“Everyone who played did very well. In the first half, it was a very complicated game against a strong and organized team like Atalanta. We were always there and managed to capitalize on our moments, bringing home the victory.”

Regarding Saelemaekers, Motta expressed admiration for the player’s quality when entering the field with a certain attitude: “When he enters with this attitude, he adds a lot of quality. He has something special. I am happy for him and for the team.”

However, it was Motta’s comment on fair play that caught the attention. The coach expressed his displeasure with diving on the field, stating: “I don’t like it when players dive; I want them to play. Also, to respect the game and the spectacle, it’s the best thing for everyone. Diving is one of the few things that irritate me.”

Despite the success and the prominent position in the standings, Motta preferred to keep his feet on the ground regarding Bologna’s European aspirations, saying: “About the Champions League: I’m not even thinking about it. I only think about giving my best.”

In a final remark about Ferguson’s goal, Motta emphasized its significance: “The goal is something extra. For me, he’s always a 10.”

In the stands during the match was Luciano Spalletti, but Motta admitted he had no idea what the coach might have been thinking while observing the game. He also praised the performance of the Italians in the team, leaving the decision on national team selections to the national team coach.


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