Sacchi claims Milan lack ‘verve, decision, speed, rhythm and aggression’ as he dissects Udinese draw

By Akhil Prasad -

AC Milan failed to capitalise yet another opportunity to capture three points as Udinese held out the Rossoneri to a 1-1 draw at San Siro. It was Franck Kessie’s 97th minute penalty that helped Milan salvage a point in what was a disappointing display.

One man who was critical of Milan’s display against Udinese was former legendary manager Arrigo Sacchi.

Speaking after the match to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) he said: “What a struggle: a draw in the 97th minute, against Udinese, a physical and tactical team, a complicated opponent to face carefully.”

The former tactician went on to mention Milan may have got ahead of themselves after the victory against Roma last weekend.

“Pioli’s boys came from the success with Roma, it was thought that the slight crisis had been overcome, but this was not the case. The fogging, therefore, was not physical but mental. They were not used to. The demand for victories can produce stress for the Rossoneri, which if governed could become a surplus, otherwise it would be a cumbersome and harmful burden,” he said.

Milan lacked ‘rhythm’ & ‘aggression’, Sacchi added: “The Rossoneri faced Wednesday’s match without verve, decision, speed, rhythm and aggression: all this worsened a team that was scattered around the field.”

And furthermore, he pointed out attackers Leao, Rebic and the overall showing of the team who had made more shots on target than Udinese but still failed to manage a goal from open play.

He said: “Rafael Leao made little movement, Rebic was the shadow of the tip admired a few days earlier in Rome. Pioli’s men were therefore less team than usual and this cannot happen: given their young age and lack of experience, everyone’s personality can only improve thanks to enthusiasm and an organic, collaborative and synergistic collective.”

But nonetheless, Sacchi praised Pioli for the progress throughout the season. “Good work to Pioli and his team, and in any case congratulations for the extraordinary progress made. Tomorrow is another day,” he said.

Meanwhile, Inter are winless in their last five matches and sit on top of Serie A, well in line to win the Scudetto.

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    1. stop complaining..have you forgotten where we were just last year..this season i still on track…finishing 3rd is the objective for the UCL…Inter has a better squad..but its ageing and ours will take over soon enough.
      Sacchi is correct..but all that is due to tiredness and lack of depth
      .we need to build a better 2nd team..the top 12 players are playing too many games..we don’t rotate well in attack

  1. Lack of commitment by the management to decisively determine that fate of players whose contract is ending is draining the teams harmony, enthusiasm n commitment to the course
    We need to finalize with Hakan, Donnarumma, Zlatan (n get him a formidable reliever like Belotti).
    The coach also needs to have courage to try players in different positions.. it was obvious that Rebic needed to shift to center forward n Leao to the left after few minutes of poor display by both in the positions they started.
    Lastly, we need to revamp our squad (1 holding midfielder, a number 10, 2 right wingers, a left back with qualities different from Theo) we need 2 strong squads for Champs league next season coz we must win the scudetto n get to atleast quarters of champs league next season.

    1. By finalizing, I mean to wind up negotiations n renew the contracts.

      Donnarumma has be a saviour in many matches… We should strongly consider giving him the salary he deserves.. he however needs to change agents for a controversy-less career.

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