Former AC Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi believes that the Rossoneri can win the league this year on one condition and praised the impact of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Rossoneri are top of the table by two points heading into the international break having racked up 17 points from their opening seven games, winning five and drawing two to stretch their unbeaten run in Serie A to 19 games dating back to last season.
Sacchi was interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport about his former side and whether they are the real deal in terms of being a legitimate contender for the Scudetto.
“There’s only one secret to reach the finish line: believing in yourself, the game and the work you are doing. Milan can win the Scudetto in this strange championship, but Pioli’s men must be even more confident, more ruthless and more generous,” he said (via MilanLive).
“Only in this way, they will be able to overcome the competition of opponents who now, perhaps, are snoozing. But sooner or later, they will jump forward.”
Sacchi elaborated on the one thing he thinks Milan must ensure if they are to capture their first Scudetto in a decade.
“I say it again. Milan have the quality to fight for the title on one condition: that you point to the group and not an individual.
“If he will, and since Pioli is a good and intelligent coach, I’m sure he will behave accordingly, and we will see even greater collaboration between the players.
“There will be synchronous movements, the team will be tighter, and the pressing can be implemented more efficiently.
“The important thing is to make the whole group understand that the game is fundamental, there’s nothing above the play and you can only achieve success through the game.”
At the age of 39 Zlatan Ibrahimovic is showing no signs of slowing down as he is the current top scorer in Serie A with eight goals, and Sacchi praised the Swede for his impact.
“A true champion. He’s an authentic example,” Sacchi added. “Did you see what he did against Verona?
“He missed the penalty, and a normal player could have gotten depressed, but he was even more charged and went to get the draw.
“He has a crazy personality, sometimes he must keep it under control. He can’t be too demanding with his teammates and scold them if they miss a pass.
“Sometimes it’s better to embrace than handing out a blow. But I see that others consider him their leader and that’s important.”