One of the best coaches in history lashed out at Simeone: “He doesn’t give you joy even when you win”

Arrigo Sacchi criticized Diego Pablo Simeone (Reuters)
Arrigo Sacchi criticized Diego Pablo Simeone (Reuters)

The strategy you used Diego Pablo Simeone on defeat of Atletico Madrid in view of Manchester CitAnd for the first leg of the quarter-finals of Champions League keep giving what to talk about. Is that the fact that the last Spanish champion did not kick on goal throughout the match and the coach sometimes raised two lines out of five without strikers aroused the anger of its main critics.

One of those who took the opportunity to attack the Argentine manager’s argument was Arrigo Sacchia legend of Italian football, who has won two European Cups with Milan And led his country’s team to the 1994 World Cup final, which he lost Brazil.

He has achieved great things and I think his experience in Italy has influenced him. The first thing is not to lose and then see what happens “, he said talking with the portal The Gazette of Sportremembering the passage of colos for Catania in the 2010/11 season. In this sense, he insisted that he liked this way of being on the pitch: “That way of playing tires the audience, asking for beauty, emotions”.

“(Simeone) They have a ‘bolt’ from the ’60s, an old idea. What football is this? It doesn’t give you joy even when you win. You win without deserving it, only with cunning. I don’t like it and I’m surprised that the Spaniards, people accustomed to the beauty of football, accept it. Simeone has important moral values, he is a leader, he should do more, believe more in himself, “he said.

In this sense, rHe remembered an old match he had seen from the stands with Pele during Euro 2000 between Italy and the Netherlands: “At Euro 2000 I was in the stands next to Pele during the Netherlands-Italy match, which we won after spending the whole match in defense. The Brazilian told me: ‘It’s a pity, they have good players, but they don’t know how to play football’. Atlético does the same: defense, defense and defense ”. He also recalled a brief dialogue he shared at that moment with Dutchman Gullit, who had coached at Milan: “He asked me why we weren’t trying to cross and score with heads and I said no, if by chance, luck if we do. goals, then we’ll always play like that. I didn’t want to. “

Arrigo Sacchi is considered one of the best coaches in the history of world football (AP)
Arrigo Sacchi is considered one of the best coaches in the history of world football (AP)

Sacchi, to whom the prestigious magazine France Football placed him third in the list of the 50 best coaches in football historyalso aimed at Pep Guardiola for what his team did against Atlético de Madrid: “City didn’t do much either. I don’t remember many occasions besides scoring, which was nice. It wasn’t a fun game. The Athletes he didn’t want to play football, but City had an obligation to do something else. They should have attacked the spaces more. I told Pep: ‘If your team plays at a high pace, looks for depth and stands out with the right timing, it’s unbeatable. Otherwise…’. Coaches should have the courage to change when something doesn’t work. “

Arrigo Sacchi marked an era in European football, when in the late 1980s he took over the leadership of the Milan and won eight titles in the first three seasons, including two European Cups (now Champions League) and two Intercontinental Cups with a team that featured figures such as Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldiniamong others.

Then, he had some steps Parma And Atletico Madridbut the most remembered was his period in the Italian national team between 1991 and 1996. In that period he reached the final of the 1994 World Cup, who lost on penalties with Brazil. In his career he has directed footballers who have incorporated many of his concepts and have become great coaches like the Dutchman Frank Rijkaard And Carlo Ancelottiboth Champions League champions as coaches, one of Barcelona and the other of Real Madrid, or Antonio Contemultiple champion with Juventus and Chelsea.

Revenge between Atletico Madrid And Manchester City it will be April 13th Wanda Metropolitano and for that duel the Spanish team is obliged to win if they want to qualify for the semifinals. We will have to wait to see if Simeone Bet on a more offensive approach or repeat your strategy.


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