Tuttosport: Gegenpressing and market control – The three pillars of Rangnick’s Milan revolution

By Oliver Fisher -

Ralf Rangnick has very precise plans for the type of project he wishes to deploy at AC Milan, as highlighted by a long read from Tuttosport on Sunday.

The paper (via MilanLive) confirms that Rangnick wants full powers from Ivan Gazidis to implement his ideas, and the Milan CEO is ready to give him exactly that.

The Rossoneri relaunch will be based on three commandments imposed by Rangnick, with the first being purely tactical in nature and can be summarised with a single term: Gegenpressing.

It is a German word to define that type of offensive and aggressive game imposed already in the 70s by Ajax by Rinus Michels. The theory speaks of a maximum of eight seconds from when the team recovers the ball to when it shoots.

A quick, lightning-fast and concrete game that Rangnick has always imposed on his teams, the best examples can be seen in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and in Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig.

The second commandment concerns the scouting area. Rangnick’s ability to find talents with impressive qualities at low costs must be backed, and the 61-year-old will team up with chief scout Geoffrey Moncada – considered one of the best talent-scouts in Europe.

The third commandment is regarding the transfer market, or rather the choices in the sale and purchase of players. Rangnick’s philosophy is clear: he will focus on young players, casting aside unmotivated or end-of-career players.

In summary, Rangnick would prefer to spend money on prospective talents like Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai, Empoli’s Samuele Ricci or AZ Alkmaar’s Myron Boadu rather than deal with the renewal of players like Ibrahimovic or Bonaventura.

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