Former AC Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi believes the current side are on the right track under Stefano Pioli and Paolo Maldini’s leadership.
Milan have been fantastic since the resumption of Serie A last season, winning nine of their 12 league games to end 2019-20 and beginning the new campaign with a 2-0 win over Bologna.
Key to the recent success has been Pioli’s style of play; one built around pressing high up the pitch to win the ball back, and counter-attacking with devastating efficiency based on getting numbers forward to create overloads, something Sacchi himself typified in many ways.
Sacchi spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about the current state of his beloved Rossoneri, and offered an encouraging assessment.
“In the summer I live in Milano Marittima, frequented by many Lombard and Milan fans. On Monday afternoon some of them, between one compliment and another, they asked me for an opinion on Milan,” he said (via MilanNews).
“I replied: ‘We are on the right path, finally there is cohesion and sharing at the top of the club’. Before it was impossible to set up a great team.
“I was sorry for the sacking of Boban, a great player, intelligent and competent man. I am happy that Paolo Maldini, a great ex and a high-level person, has remained: I hope he will be allowed to sign some more young players to make the squad even more competitive.
“I have always thought that the club with its history, his skills, his style, his visions and norms come before the team, which in turn comes before any single. Gazidis wanted to hire Rangnick, a good coach, but he would have lost Paolo and Pioli, who they were achieving excellent results: it would have deleted the experiences of a full year.
“The CEO changed his mind, like smart people do. In a young team there is a great ‘old man’, who not only gives experience and personality, but also an extraordinary quality. Congratulations Ibra, true Superman.”