Bologna’s players have reportedly been read the riot act by the club’s directors after a galling defeat that saw Aaron Hickey have a shocker.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side were battered 6-1 by champions Inter at the weekend, and while they remain ninth in Serie A the manner of the defeat caused serious concern.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport there was a meeting between the squad and the Bologna directors at the training ground on Sunday, where the players were told in no uncertain terms that improvement is needed.
Owner Joey Saputo is set to fly in from Canada for the games against Genoa and Empoli, further ramping up the pressure.
It comes after a humiliating trip to Milan on Saturday which saw the Rossoblu thrashed 6-1, with their goal coming as a late consolation.
Hickey’s performance in particular came in for criticism, with the left-back given just a 4/10 in Gazzetta dello Sport’s player ratings and named the poorest on the pitch.
Under a headline reading ‘Hickey disastrous’ the paper wrote: “Poor lad, ‘baptised’ in Denzel Dumfries’ first great day as an Inter player.
“He didn’t have the physicality to resist the bumps the Dutchman gave him, nor did he succeed in following him into wide areas. Dumfries was too much for him.”
The Scotland youth international was also given the same score out of 10 by local outlets Stadio and Resto del Carlino, as well as website TuttoMercatoWeb.
Fan site TuttoBolognaWeb also awarded Hickey a 4 and wrote: “Dumfries took him to school and the hope is that he has at least learned his lesson.
“Mihajlovic also made a mistake in leaving him one-on-one with such a fast player.”
Hickey was taken off for Mitchell Dijks in the second half, and after some strong performances in the Italian top flight will take this is a harsh lesson.