Bologna boss eyeing upset against Napoli
They bested the Partenopei both home and away last season under his stewardship and he wants them to go out to attack and start the season with a third successive win against Rafael Benitez’s new charges.
“We knew this was going to be a stimulating and difficult start because we are meeting a team who were second in the league last season and have also strengthened but an impossible game does not exist as there is no such thing,” said Pioli.
“We want to maintain our identity and play our way all the time, even at San Paolo.
“Against Napoli, we will have to be full of energy and running and makes as few mistakes as possible. I want our trademark to be concentration at all times.”
Pioli also strongly insisted that he was sick of playing to avoid the drop and his side will be out to win every game as they look to realise his dream of a ninth place finish.
“You cannot bridge the economic potential of the top eight club but the other 12 teams all want to achieve safety as quickly as possible but to be honest I am tired of fighting for survival.
“We want to win! I am not suggesting it is easy to finish ninth but there is mini-league of 12 teams and we want to finish top of it!”