Arrigo Sacchi has given Inter Coach Leonardo advice on how to beat Bayern Munich this evening. “Their defence suffers with pace.”
This evening the two teams go head-to-head for the Champions League knockout round and it is a repeat of last season's Final.
“Leonardo is doing great work in terms of psychology, technique and empathy, but the organisation and style of the football are still to be defined,” former Milan and Italy boss Sacchi wrote in the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I therefore expect a more balanced and uncertain encounter than eight months ago, despite the arrival of talents like Andrea Ranocchia and Houssine Kharja.
“What worries most is the motivation and grit, which now seem a long way from the attitude seen under Jose Mourinho.”
Diego Milito scored a brace in the Final for a 2-0 victory, but he is on the injury list this time around.
“Louis Van Gaal's men will be fired up to seek revenge. In attack they can count on a clear and well-drilled approach, not to mention the fact the collective increases the potency of individuals like Mario Gomez, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller.
“However,” wrote Sacchi, “Bayern's weak point is their lack of organisation in defence, where the individuals aren't too sharp either. They can struggle with the pace of Samuel Eto'o and the technique of Wesley Sneijder, Dejan Stankovic and Goran Pandev.”
Leonardo has brought a very Brazilian approach to Inter, resulting in some entertaining end-to-end football.
“In terms of his mentality, Leonardo will not approach this game with the old-style Italian idea of defend and counter-attack. He will try to win with technique, attack and possibly entertaining football, but to do this in Europe the individual talents are only decisive if they play with and for the team.”
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