Legendary former AC Milan head coach Arrigo Sacchi believes that Inter are the favourites for Wednesday evening’s Supercoppa Italiana clash with his old side the Rossoneri.
Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews, Sacchi gave the view that Simone Inzaghi’s experience in finals gives the Nerazzurri the edge, and also criticized Inter for their performance against Hellas Verona.
Inter and Milan may both come into this week’s Supercoppa match bruised based on their respective setbacks and struggles during the past couple of weeks.
However, both of the two derby rivals will know that at their best they are among the strongest teams in Italian football.
Both will fancy their chances and believe that they can get their hands on some silverware at the first time of asking this season.
Sacchi’s prediction is that Inter may be the team better suited to this particular challenge, however.
“Inter have superior individual quality, and for this reason are perhaps the favourites,” the former coach said, “while Milan can only win if they find humility and balance again.”
Sacchi then argued that “Inzaghi is in all respects a tactician, a coach who tries to take advantage of opponents’ mistakes and weaknesses.”
“Pioli was before, but he has evolved, he has finally become a strategist, with ideas and principles as pillars.”
“Inter don’t really have a clear idea of how they want to play,” the former coach argued, “they just rely on tactics to get them from match to match.”
“Look at against Verona,” he continued, “they scored the opener and then they just sat back and allowed the opposition the initiative, it’s embarrassing.”
Of Inter striker Romelu Lukaku, Sacchi said that “I think that he has the character to put all of the suffering he’s had over the past year and a half behind him.”