Zirkzee was on target twice in the first twenty minutes, leading Bologna to their fifth league win in the last nine matches and their first victory in an away game.
The former Bayern Munich forward has now scored seven times in Serie A. This has led to much praise in the Italian sports newspapers. Tuttosport talks about the Zirkzee-show, and La Gazzetta dello Sport headlines on the front page with Super Zirkzee.
After his double strike in Salerno, Zirkzee received a rating of 8 from the pink sports newspaper, which fears that the striker cannot be retained by Bologna. "The two goals are worth the first away victory in the league and a fourth place. Today, he took on the role of a bomber. Probably everyone will want him in the summer." Journalist Jack Bonora agrees with this assessment on the program Solo Calcio. "Great Zirkzee. He is a Champions League player in a Bologna shirt.
Coach Thiago Motta, who as a player was active in the European top with clubs like Barcelona, Internazionale, and Paris Saint-Germain, was also asked after the match if he sees a future for Zirkzee as a top European player. "That entirely depends on him," replied the former midfielder, who is involved with Bologna in the fight for European football. Motta himself does not want to look at the standings. "I am happy that my team is playing good football.
And that his players understand and execute his ideas. Earlier this week in Rondo, Zirkzee already mentioned that Motta's football suits him well, and this is bringing his potential to the surface after a breakthrough at Bayern did not materialize. For now, Zirkzee is keeping both feet on the ground. 'I am very happy. Not only with my goals but also with the victory. But now we must look forward already.' After all, José Mourinho's AS Roma is the next opponent.