Bologna Hattrick Hero Eyes Italy Game Time Under Spalletti

Riccardo Orsolini tore Empoli apart with an outstanding hattrick – his first for the club – gifting Bologna a much-needed boost to make their way into the top half of Serie A standings. The winger, who was expected to leave the Rossoblù in the summer window, has etched himself as a fan favorite with his recent displays, as he becomes the first Bologna player to score a goal in six successive league campaigns in a row since Giuseppe Signori.

Orsolini couldn’t suppress his joy in his post-match interview (via TuttoBolognaweb), calling it the perfect Sunday.

“The perfect Sunday from so many points of view. First, we needed to return to winning ways: we wanted it, looked for it, and worked hard for it. I’m very happy because we won thanks to my three goals.”

The Italian forward endured fitness problems earlier but is now back to his best form.

“In recent months, I have had some physical problems that made me miss training and prevented me from joining my teammates on retreat. It was a difficult period where I had to work three times as hard to try to get back to my levels. Certainly not having had adequate playing time, and having missed all the friendlies, I knew that time would be needed.”

Orsolini stressed on the confidence bestowed upon him by Bologna.

“Bologna is like a second home for me. The club that has always believed in me and makes me feel like an important player. This year the club has made a huge market and the level has also risen in other departments. But I just have to focus on myself and be ready.”

Finally, the Ascoli product dished on the possibility of finding more game time with the national team under Luciano Spalletti.

“If Luciano Spalletti were to call me again it would be a win and it would be nice. In the meantime, I’m thinking about doing well in the Bologna shirt.”

Orsolini is the first Italian to net a hattrick for Bologna since Marco Di Vaio against Sampdoria back in March 2009.

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