Sacchi compares his Milan with current Klopp, Guardiola teams

By Oliver Fisher -

Former AC Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi has compared his time with the Rossoneri against current managers in the Premier League.

Sacchi coached Milan for six years in total and won eight trophies at the club in two spells (1987-91 and 1996-97).

Having previously worked as a shoe salesman, he won the Scudetto in his first season in charge of the Rossoneri before winning back-to-back European Cups in 1989 and 1990.

Sacchi was also head coach of the Italian national team and led them to the 1994 FIFA World Cup final, spending five years at the helm for the Azzurri.

He is regarded as one of the more revolutionary tactical minds of modern football, alongside the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp, two managers who he spoke about in an interview with the British press.

“Their football is similar to mine and I really appreciate their values, culture and mentality,” he told The Daily Mail.

“My Milan team innovated, the teams of Guardiola and Klopp continue to innovate. 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 national team never achieves great results.”

Sacchi also recently spoke to Sky Italia (via about Milan’s appointment of Marco Giampaolo as head coach over the summer. You can read that interview here.

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