Former AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi feels that tomorrow’s match between Juventus and Inter Milan represents a clash between Serie A’s big money boys.
Sacchi gave his thoughts on the upcoming Derby d’Italia in his column in today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews.
Neither Inter nor Juventus are not quite the dominant forces they once were financially.
The pair, as well as AC Milan, were at one among Europe’s biggest spenders. Then teams like Roma and Lazio weren’t always very far behind at all.
In recent years, the picture has looked different.
Inter’s financial issues have been no big secret.
And as a result the Nerazzurri have had to make a profit in the transfer market over the past few seasons, rather than just splashing the cash.
And the situation may not be quite as bleak for Juventus. But the Bianconeri have had issues of their own, as well as an accounting scandal to contend with.
So both clubs have had to hunt for bargains instead of signing superstars.
But all the same, Inter and Juventus remain the two teams with the highest wage bills in Serie A.
This has, in the eyes of some, translated into having the strongest squads.
Sacchi: Inter & Juventus The Big Money Boys In Serie A
That is basically the view of former Milan coach Sacchi.
Previewing tomorrow’s match, he writes that “Let’s start by saying that it’s the match between the two teams that have spent the most.”
“Therefore it would be reasonable to expect moments of spectacle.”
“And then we can note that the two coaches, Inzaghi and Allegri, are two very tactically-minded coaches,” Sacchi adds.
“And in this regard, Allegri is probably at a bit of a higher level than his rival.”
Sacchi writes that Juventus “Focus on defensive compactness, physicality, and counterattacks with the speed of Chiesa and Kean.”
“If Inter set up by just focusing on defending and countering, they’ll lose,” he predicts.
“Why?” the former coach poses. “Simple: Juve, in terms these fundamentals, are superior.”
“Therefore the Nerazzurri will need to play an organized match with maximum focus, aggression, and bring everyone into the possession move,” he argues.
“That’s how they can cause Juventus problems, and send a strong message to the rest of the league.”