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Arrigo Sacchi
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Football Coach
Desc Football is born in the brain, not in the body. Michelangelo said he painted with his mind, not with his hands. So, obviously, I need intelligent players. That was our philosophy at Milan. I didn’t want solo artists; I wanted an orchestra. The greatest compliment I received was when people said my football was like music.’ Arrigo Sacchi wanted his teams to play fluid football that made their adoring audiences gasp in awe of what they were witnessing; between 1987 and 1991, his team did just that. The conductor of the single greatest club team the world has ever seen, Sacchi changed calcio forever by winning with beautiful football


Club as Coach AC Milan

2010 10 22 Retrieve

[Former Juventus Boss Ciro Ferrara Appointed As Italy Under-21 Coach] Ciro Ferrara is the new coach of the national Under-21 side. It was announced today by the president of the FIGC Giancarlo Abete after meeting with Demetrio Albertini, and technical coordinator of the youth sector Arrigo Sacchi. He will be assisted by Angelo Peruzzi. They FIGC will be perfecting his contract which will expire in 2013

2013 08 17 Retrieve

[Arrigo Sacchi on Real Madrid’s bid to sign Gareth Bale] €120m is a huge amount of money. I think it’s just a commercial stunt. For Real Madrid to take a British player, it’s probably for sponsor-related reasons

2016 10 29 Retrieve

[Former Italy head coach Arrigo Sacchi reveals Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti knows when to get angry] I have seen him furious a fair few times, both as a player and as a coach. Carlo can get angry if the situation calls for it. Carlo knows what he has to do. He knows when he has to be nice, show his players affection and when he has to tighten the leash a bit. We are talking about a coach who has been coaching the best teams in the world for 20 years or so and who has won loads of silverware. He can adapt to any situation

2017 01 14 Retrieve

[Former AC Milan head coach Arrigo Sacchi praises current Milan coach Vincenzo Montella] Montella isn’t doing well, he’s doing very well. He’s painting a masterpiece. I wasn’t sure at the beginning because I could see he was part of that attacking group of coaches and, when he got to Milan, he seemed to put on the handbrake. Now, I like the style of play that I see. The youngsters? That’s the aspect I like most

2019 06 01 Retrieve

[Former AC Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi says Maurizio Sarri’s rumoured move to Juventus would be a turning point for Italian football] Italian football cannot be revived by just one player. Our sport has not been kept up to date, apart from perhaps Napoli, who are one of the few clubs to have modernised. Aurelio De Laurentiis keeps a tight leash on his finances. It’s only right, because in my view, winning when in debt is like match-fixing, you are buying results. I’ve always thought that a Coach must be both screenwriter and director, whereas others view the role differently. I have a predilection for those who give a specific style to their teams. There are only four or five of those in Italy, whereas the others are simply tacticians and all look the same. Carlo Ancelotti is an excellent strategist and he told me the other day ‘we need to be more courageous, run more risks.

[Former Empoli boss Sarri, meanwhile, steered Chelsea to third in the Premier League] Sarri is a Coach who proved he can give his teams a specific identity. The world is moving fast and I think Sarri going to Juventus would be an important turning point in our football. I was glad to see him win the Europa League with Chelsea, otherwise people might continue to call him a coach who is good, but never wins. The problem with his Chelsea squad is that the players have talent, but don’t work for the team

2019 06 18 Retrieve

[It was claimed Guardiola was considering quitting City in favour of a move to Turin after three seasons and six trophies at Etihad Stadium] Guardiola sent me a message, there was never anything with Juve. He is very happy where he is and next season will try to win the Champions League at Manchester City.

[Sacchi has backed Sarri to be a success in Turin] Sarri represents a revolutionary choice for Juve and a very important one, because Juventus have such history and so many fans. If they were to start playing slightly more audacious and modern football, it could really help the development of the Italian game in general. Sarri is on the same level as Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino. They have the exact same vision of the game and their work

2019 09 12 Retrieve

[Arrigo Sacchi believes the Premier League is enjoying a golden age of coaching with Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino] [Guardiola, Klopp and Pochettino are] my favourites and all three have the same philosophical system, even though they are very different. England has a crazy, brilliant championship. It is experiencing a golden age

[The Italian, now 73, also drew comparisons between City, Liverpool and his great Milan side] Their football is similar to mine and I really appreciate their values, culture and mentality. My Milan team innovated, the teams of Guardiola and Klopp continue to innovate. In my book there are many similar phrases that I loved to say before taking the field. I’ve always loved instilling my players with the desire to go beyond their own limits. In my notes I wrote: ‘Victory is important when it is amplified and helped by the beauty of the game’. They think like me. We have the duty to make the public enjoy football, to be excited by it. Making great football is more difficult than talking about it. I like the desire they have to dominate. Football must be domination and beauty, music and culture. I enjoy watching them. The problem in the Premier League is that they play too often and there is too much competition. Perhaps this is why the [England] national team never achieves great results

[Sacchi also reserved special praise for an iconic former Arsenal boss] Let me say a word about Arsene Wenger - he revolutionised English football, he’s really great

2019 12 09 Interview

[Q: What do you make of Manchester City’s current form. Are you surprised by the mixed results?] I wrote to Pep Guardiola to compliment him on the last difficult away win. I think he is one of the coaches who has changed football. His way of doing things makes everything joyful, his teams play well. There are negative moments. My Milan side had difficult moments before beating Steaua in the 1988 European Cup final. These are not catastrophic for Pep and his fantastic City side

[Q: What did you think of the Ballon d’Or results?] I think the podium is right - take a look at the three champions. Many wanted to give it to Virgil Van Dijk, he had an extraordinary season. Franco Baresi deserved the prize but never won. He was a defender in the years when offensive players were awarded

Franco Baresi, like Virgil van Dijk, was snubbed for the Ballon d’Or in favour of attacking stars

[Q: Maurizio Sarri swapped Chelsea for Juventus in the summer, what do you make of the job he is doing with the Italian champions?] I think he is one of the greatest strategists in international football. He inherited the team from a good coach like Massimiliano Allegri. If I had to make a comparison, I would say they are very different. Like the north and the south, the east and the west

Sarri, however, did not choose these players directly. Practically all the club’s signings were chosen when Allegri was still in the hot seat. Sarri preferred to listen to the sports director without insisting on his idea of ​​football

[Q: What do you make of Aaron Ramsey?] I didn’t know much about him, I must say that from what I saw he is insignificant. I hope he can improve - for him and for Sarri. The Juventus coach looks as though he is trying to manage an orchestra in which he didn’t choose the musicians. He is doing a difficult job, trying to mix all the players he has. It is not easy but he is one of the best

[Q: Did you ever turn down a player that was suggested to you by your board while a manager?] Of course, I wanted suitable players. At Milan I said no to many players proposed by a wonderful President like Silvio Berlusconi. Once he wanted to buy Claudio Borghi

I said: ‘No, he is slow and does not help in defence’

Berlusconi insisted and I replied: ‘President would you take someone who is not suited to your way of working?’

He says: ‘No!’

And I said, smiling, ‘Then why do I have to do it?’

Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani are upstanding, fantastic owners

[Q: Liverpool had four players in the top 10 list of the Ballon d’Or awards. A great sign for English football…] Certainly. In one season, my Milan side produced four out of the top ten - a record. The next year it was the same. Liverpool expresses football, they have a great coach. With me the players improved - we never bought, initially, players who had already won something. The right synergy has been created between me, them and the club. My luck was to have an exceptional team with great chairmen

[Q: You did not have a great many internationals in your Milan side, but you still dominated in Europe. How so?] Yes, after winning the Scudetto [in 1988] we decided to start a summer Champions League by challenging the best European clubs. We won all the matches. We even won both our games at Wembley in the Makita tournament. We won against Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Monaco, European champions PSV Eindhoven, Real Madrid. Thus we created the great Milan, with work

[Q: What do you think of Mohamed Salah?] Salah was a good player in Italy, but he was not a champion. Now, thanks to Klopp and the synergistic system, he has grown a lot - he is a champion. Football is evolution, he has improved a lot compared to his period in Italy. Congratulations to Liverpool

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[legendary coach Arrigo Sacchi pointed out that Juventus have neither the same level of star power that fuelled Real Madrid’s three successive triumphs nor the relentless energy of Liverpool] How much would Juventus benefit from the pressing of Klopp’s team, and Ronaldo most of all?

2020 04 16 Retrieve

[Arrigo Sacchi on football] Football is the most important of life’s unimportant things

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[Gegenpressing: How does the tactical style made famous by Klopp work?] If we let our opponents play in a way they were accustomed to, they would grow in confidence, but if we stopped them it would hurt their confidence. That was the key: our pressing was psychological as much as physical