AC Milan can expect a clear identity and a man who wants full control over all aspects of recruitment if they are to hire Ralf Rangnick, according to one of his former players.
The rumours that Rangnick will be Milan’s next head coach and/or sporting director are getting stronger and stronger – so much so that he is now the favourite to take over from Stefano Pioli at leading bookmakers such as SPBOBET.
MilanNews spoke to Marvin Compper, a defender who worked with Rangnick for seven years between spells at Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, and we have translated below.
What memories do you have of Rangnick? “I worked 7 years with him, he is a man who can bring an identity to a club. He did it at Hoffenheim, in Leipzig, also at Schalke and he showed many qualities.”
How were the workouts with him? Was he a very rigid and tactical person? “He is very clear, if the players follow him, they quickly learn his style. His teams have always been recognisable. Training and his tactical ideas were always very clear and this was seen on the field.”
Could he be the right profile for Milan? “He may be a profile for Milan because the Rossoneri in the past few years have tried to go back and return to high levels, but they have not succeeded.
“When I was at Fiorentina I exchanged the shirt with a Milan player and there was the writing ‘The most titled club in the world’. To go back to being so important, you need a new start in terms of identity and style.
On his possible role: “I think he is more useful as a coach at the beginning. In Leipzig he started as director, and when he did not find a right technician he did both roles.
“He was fine, we went up to the Bundesliga and managed to find a coach in Ralph Hasenhüttl. If he arrives at Milan, I believe that at the beginning he can serve more as a coach.
Could he also be important for market choices? “He would be very important because he always has a complete view of things, he thinks of everything. It is not enough for him to coach, he must also choose the profile of the players to coach.”
Could the emergency linked to the Coronavirus situation slow things down? “I don’t know, I think this situation has slowed everything down. There is uncertainty about the upcoming season.
“Even in Germany, in the third division, we resumed training 5 weeks ago: we started in groups of 5 and now we train in 10. In three weeks we think we can go back to playing, hoping to be able to start again seriously.”
Is it true that for his offensive game he was inspired by Arrigo Sacchi? “I think Sacchi had a great influence on him. I saw his AC Milan matches, but it was another era. But I can say that the game of Rangnick’s teams is always very intense.
“It also calculated how much space to leave to opponents. He studied their way of playing, and therefore we at different times of the game pressed or left the other team on the basis of what we prepared in training.”