Serie A: Bologna coach Davide Ballardini 'destroyed' by relegation to Serie B
Bologna coach Davide Ballardini has revealed his regret at his side's relegation after Sunday's defeat to Catania.
Last Updated: 12/05/14 1:39pm
The Rossoblu outfit needed at least a point to maintain their Serie A status, but they fell 2-1 against Catania and dropped into the second tier for the first time in six years.
"The players are destroyed," Bologna coach Ballardini said to Gazzetta dello Sport.
"They are mortified. They were so convinced they could save the team from relegation.
"But I think the situation got the better of them.
"The responsibility became too much.
"The players tried to give their all but they couldn't perform in the end.
"We understand the fans' disappointment and we hope the team can return to Serie A as soon as possible."
Sunday's defeat was Bologna's third in their last four league games and with just five wins collected in 37 games, the Rossoblu have done little to defend their Serie A status.
Bologna have the worst strike-force in the competition having scored just 28 times in 37 games.
"We started the season badly," Ballardini said. "It has been a gradual decline to the relegation zone.
"We still had our chances to defend our Serie A status heading into the game against Catania and this is why this outcome is all the more painful.
"We didn't deserve to lose or to draw against Catania."
With the score at 1-1, Gonzalo Bergessio struck the winner for Catania six minutes from time to condemn Bologna to the second division.
Despite Catania's win, they were also relegated on Sunday after Chievo, who hold the last position of safety, won their game at Cagliari.
Bologna end the campaign at Lazio on Sunday.