Former AC Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi has warned Ralf Rangnick that there is ‘no patience’ in Italian football amid speculation he could take over at the Rossoneri.
Reports have emerged over the last couple of months suggesting that Milan have reportedly struck a deal with the former RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick, labelled the ‘professor’ by some for his previous work.
What may not be so evident is the implicit link he already has with the club which stems from as far back in time as the 1980’s. Indeed, Rangnick has spoken before about the inspiration he has drawn from Sacchi’s great Milan sides of the last 1980s and early 90s.
He and construction engineer Helmut Gross used to study how the Rossoneri played at that time having held a great admiration for Sacchi’s style, and it may be that things are about to come full circle if the German ends up at San Siro.
Nonetheless Sacchi – interviewed by Carlo Pellegatti on his YouTube channel – sent a warning to the 61-year-old.
“I know he has always been an admirer of mine, I have never met him, he said all nice things about me,” he said (via MilanNews).
“There are many good coaches, almost all good tactics, the clubs in many cases lack patience and even competence, the strategy requires time, but it allows you to save money.”
Sacchi also spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport on his birthday.
“We first need an environment in which the players feel the pride and belonging that pushes them to always give their best,” he said.
“Atalanta did not have champions, but they became so in a virtuous environment. Those who were unknown became good, those who were good became excellent. Values are more valuable than champions.
“I’m sorry for Boban. I went to see him in Parma in the Under 21. I was looking for an alternative to Donadoni and he was ideal, strong in attack and behind.”
On Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s impact, he added: “This time he surprised me. He gave Milan personality and courage. He was generous, he assisted. I have always young people and I was looking for guides of experience like that.”