Former AC Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi says Inter played Italian style against AC Milan while the Rossoneri were more European, according to a report in Italian media today.
Speaking during an interview with The Gazzetta dello Sport Today the ex-coach suggested there were two distinctly different styles of play in the Rossoneri’s 3-2 win at the San Siro on Saturday night.
“There was an Italian team, Inter, which relied mainly on individuals and defence, and then there was a team, Milan, which played a European match, where everyone is sacrificed and participated in both the defensive and offensive phases.”
He also played down the seriousness of AC Milan’s win as he said it could have been a triumph had they progressed when they were up 3-1, but then Inter salvaged a goal from Edin Dzeko and it became a narrow win instead for Stefano. Pioli’s team.
“Let’s say right away that for Milan it could have been a triumph and instead it turned into a simple victory. Triumph is when you overthrow the opponent and don’t allow him to note: here, on the contrary, Inter have almost drawn on more than one occasion.
When asked how Inter played when trailing 3-1, Arrigo Sacchi instead focused on how AC Milan let their opponents back into the game.
“When Dzeko came in, Milan went dark. They probably thought they had already won, but games always last ninety minutes or more.
“And, at 3-1, I wrote this note in my notebook: now the Rossoneri must insist on a high tempo, not let Inter play, because otherwise they risk losing.
“The Nerazzurri have the technical qualities and the experience to get back into the game. And it was, but I think in this case Milan have some demerits in managing the game.
He also said that Simone Inzaghi’s replacements had more impact: “Those of Inzaghi, and I’m thinking of Dzeko and Dimarco, had more impact. De Ketelaere absent for Brahim Diaz was a risk.