Sacchi picks apart Milan’s failings in derby loss: “A match between bachelors and married men”

By Oliver Fisher -

Arrigo Sacchi has had his say on last night’s derby match between AC Milan and Inter at San Siro in which the Nerazzurri reached the final of the Coppa Italia.

The game started terribly for Milan as Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring inside five minutes with a thumping volley that Mike Maignan could only parry into the top corner, and it was 2-0 before the break when the Argentine doubled his tally with a composed finish.

There was a moment of controversy when Ismael Bennacer appeared to have halved the deficit with a low strike from outside the box but it was ruled out by VAR for an apparent offside on Pierre Kalulu that angered Stefano Pioli, and Robin Gosens added some undeserved gloss on the scoreline.

Sacchi spoke during his usual post-match column for La Gazzetta dello Sport and expressed his opinion on the game, with his comments relayed by

Did Inter build their success on Lautaro’s opening goal?

“Exactly that, they immediately opened the game with a good goal from Lautaro and then bet on the counter-attack. But speaking of Lautaro’s first goal, who scored it? Milan were too inattentive and the demonstration also took place in the second goal,” he said.

In the first half we saw the teams stretch in an impressive way…

“At one point, I tell you the truth, it seemed like a match between bachelors and married men. With these methods, Inter have an advantage over Milan, because they can take advantage of the higher technical quality and greater experience.

“Milan, only if they are compact, if they play ‘as a team’, like a real team, can they have their say. Otherwise there is no pressing, there is no organization, there is no synergy between departments and between individuals. If the Rossoneri are scattered around the pitch, they show all their limits.”

Milan’s forwards struggled to get into the game…

“Leao is a boy. Let’s say he doesn’t excite you for his commitment, but he has great qualities and has ample room for improvement. It is up to him to take on the future, working hard and with commitment every day.

“Giroud was served little, but in general, I repeat, Milan amazes when they play ‘as a team’. Against Inter, on the other hand, I have seen many singles scattered around the field.”

Tags AC Milan Arrigo Sacchi Inter Milan


  1. He is absolutely right.
    Milan doesn’t have technical and skilled players, they just have athletes who can run a lot.
    Pioli had them play as a team for about 2 years, with a tremendous
    high press + counter attack and that’s how they were winning and covering for their lack of quality, but since the media started hyping up Leao and he started believing that hype Milan stopped being a team.
    Leao selfish play with the ball at his feet , his lack of understanding of the game and movement off the ball is running most of Milan build up play.
    Fans should stop being sidetracked by one or 2 pointless dribbles per game , there are so many red flags in his game and it’s apparent that neither Pioli nor Zlatan have been able to get thru to him. He is still the same guy from the previous 2 season, you just think he’s gotten better but that’s only because he’s playing so much more this season because of Rebic injuries and the sale of JP Hauge.
    He should have been benched long time ago and if satisfying offer comes in he should be sold

    1. if you can get 60 to70 mil sell him no brainer 1goal in 2 months don’t care how good they think he will be

  2. Exactly, he is getting more playing time because Rebic isn’t fit! He plays just like a kid that he is… He should be sold if a reasonable offer arrives. Salameakers? He fluctuates, his movement and skills with the ball is superb but his final pass and touches is killing him…. I’d want us to blend and be patient with him…..

    1. You say to be patient with Saelemaekers, and sells Leao if a good offers arise, what kind of analysis is that? Even though the former is a great player, Leao has more potential to be a super star, he just need more discipline and commitment deploying a playing team, period.

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