AC Milan’s successful journey to the quarter-finals of the Champions League has ignited the belief in Arrigo Sacchi that they can compete with any team in the competition. The Rossoneri secured their place in the quarter-finals after a gap of nine years, with a 1-0 aggregate victory against Tottenham. Brahim Diaz scored the only goal of the tie early in the first leg at San Siro.
In an interview with La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Sacchi expressed his thoughts about Milan’s impressive run in the European club football’s top competition. He stated that their defensive stability and tactical awareness make them a tough team to beat, and opponents will not be celebrating when they draw against the Rossoneri.
Milan’s performance in the Champions League this season has reignited the fans’ hopes, and Sacchi’s belief that they can compete with any team in the competition is a testament to their remarkable journey.
There is a renewed energy in Italian football, according to the speaker. This is evident with the three teams in the Champions League, with one already securing a spot in the quarter-finals. However, the speaker believes that the success of at least two of these teams lies in their strategic approach to the game, rather than their tactics. Napoli has been doing exceptionally well both in Italy and in Europe, while Milan has shown courage and creativity in their play, as evidenced by their performance in London.
The speaker also notes that taking risks can pay off, without costing too much. The downfall of teams like PSG is due to their lack of unity, with many individual champions but not a collective team spirit. The speaker hopes that Inter will show the world that they are a team in their upcoming match in Porto, rather than relying on their opponent’s mistakes.
The speaker is optimistic that Italy could have three teams in the quarter-finals, which would be a remarkable achievement. They are especially looking forward to potential matches against Napoli and Milan. Overall, the speaker sees a bright future for Italian football and is excited to witness the progress of the teams.