Milan great Arrigo Sacchi was left impressed by the Rossoneri’s perseverance in the first Derby della Madonnina of the season, citing that the team’s courage overshadows the lack of experience.
The Rossoneri equalized via a Stefan De Vrij own goal, just minutes after Hakan Calhanoglu put Inter one-up from a penalty. The rest of the match was played out in close quarters but neither team managed to take the lead throughout the game, with Lautaro Martinez missing the Nerazzurri’s second penalty of a night in the first half.
Speaking to the microphones of La Gazzetta dello Sport (via MilanNews) after the clash, legendary Sacchi made thoughts known regarding Milan’s display.
When quizzed what quality of Milan impressed him the most, Sacchi said: “Surely courage. Pioli’s young team is lacking experience and malice, but they manage to make up for it with enthusiasm. They attack, they are never afraid. And it must be admitted that this courage is supported by an excellent organisation and a very compact collective.”
He finally praised the players for sticking to one another in order to ensure they had each other’s backs through the game – something he termed as an ‘European attitude’.
“In the first part of the match, when the Rossoneri often held the ball, the distances between the players were minimal: all close to help each other, to guarantee their teammate a simple pass and to double in the event that the opponents get possession of the ball. This is a ‘European’ attitude,” he said.
Milan sit level on points with Napoli at 32, after 12 rounds. Inter on the other hand, lie seven points behind the unbeaten duo.