AC Milan can win the Scudetto this season, former head coach Arrigo Sacchi has claimed, but they must find their biggest strengths again if they are to do so.
Sacchi was manager of Milan from 1987–1991 and then in 1996–97 and he knows all about what it takes to win the Serie A title, given that he did so in his 1987–88 debut season having been a shoe salesman before that.
His Rossoneri sides then dominated European football by winning back to back European Cups in 1989 and 1990, meaning Sacchi is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all-time as well as being a tactical visionary and an excellent man-manager too.
Sacchi has written his weekly column for La Gazzetta dello Sport and he reflected on the weekend’s action in Serie A, which involved Inter losing at home to Sassuolo and Napoli drawing with Cagliari to ensure the Rossoneri’s slip went unpunished.
“The fight for the Scudetto, very exciting, involves three teams in particular: Milan, Inter and Napoli. Milan has shown once more that if they don’t play ‘As a team’ they can lose against anyone, even against Salernitana last in the standings,” he said (via MilanNews).
“Pioli’s team is not the strongest, but they play the best football. But if they don’t work as a united, cohesive group, where everyone works together and they sacrifice, then they’ll go nowhere.
“In Salerno the Rossoneri, in the lead, then turned off the engine. I am often asked: can Milan win the Scudetto? Yes, as long as they have the team spirit and find the ethics of work and sacrifice. Only through play can Milan hide the technical and experience limits it has compared to direct opponents.”