Legendary former AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi feels that Inter Milan reaped the rewards for their “courage” against Juventus.
Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published in today’s print edition, via FCInterNews, the former coach also questioned why Marcus Thuram was taken off in the second half.
Inter got one of the biggest results of their season yesterday.
The Nerazzurri beat their main Serie A title Juventus by a 1-0 scoreline at the San Siro.
That scoreline may have been a narrow one. But the run of play suggested that it could have been a wider margin of victory for Inter.
The Nerazzurri played an aggressive game from just about the first minute.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi clearly backed his players in terms of their superior technical quality, and his tactical plan was to try and control the match in possession.
And this kind of approach was exactly what a coach with Sacchi’s philosophy wanted to see.
Arrigo Sacchi: Inter Rewarded For “Courage” Vs Juventus
Sacchi analyzed the Derby d’Italia, stating that “Juve focused entirely on defense. Eleven men behind the ball.”
“I’m talking about the first half, obviously,” the coach continued.
Sacchi argued that “Inter showed more courage. They tried to create something.”
“And in the end, they were rewarded for that courage.”
“After all, risk is the basis of every adventure,” Sacchi mused.
“And if you don’t take risks then you become a relic of the past.”
Sacchi said that Inter “Were very good at the back. They conceded virtually nothing, they were very focused and switched-on.”
“They were always ready to respond to Juventus, punch for punch.”
“And in attack they were also very good, causing problems for the Juventus backline on several occasions,” Sacchi noted.
As far as how this Inter team can still improve, the former AC Milan coach named “Pressing.”
“When you don’t press, the opposition have the chance to start their buildup phase comfortably,” he said.
Sacchi argued that “Inter have the players to be capable of pressing. They have to try to do it.”
And the former coach argued that “Inter deservedly won, but the race for the Scudetto doesn’t end here.”