Tuesday May 15 2018
Sacchi: ‘Allegri can’t win in Europe’

Legendary Milan Coach Arrigo Sacchi says Juventus’ Max Allegri “can’t be challenged” but warns “his way of playing isn’t the way to win in Europe”.

The Bianconeri have won the Scudetto for a seventh season in a row, with Allegri on the bench for four of those.

The Tuscan has also won the Coppa Italia in each of his four seasons, but Sacchi doesn’t feel this Juve can compare to his Diavolo.

“Juventus play an Italian style of football,” Sacchi said on Radio 24.

“Allegri can’t be challenged, his way of playing isn’t the way to win in Europe.

“At Milan we had a powerful club with a certain history. It wasn’t enough to win, we had to win and convince. Usually whoever plays best wins in the end.

“My Milan was an ambitious club that did not disregard the style of play, we wanted to impose ours rather than just suffer that of the others.

“These days we only judge the result. I think of the ’94 World Cup, we were losing to Nigeria in the 90th [88th] minute.

“Then we managed to win, and all the articles written when we were losing were torn up.”

Sacchi then discussed the current Serie A season.

“It was one of the most interesting Serie A seasons we’ve had. There were four or five teams that wanted to impose their game: I’m thinking of Sampdoria, Atalanta - even Benevento.

“Roma have courage and ideas, while [Napoli Coach Maurizio] Sarri was the progenitor of this way of playing that I see with many clubs. Even the smaller ones are following him.

“Playing well leads you to win, but of course if you have someone who scores like [Juventus striker Gonzalo] Higuain it’s better.”

Sacchi and Allegri have clashed in the past, most notably on television after the Bianconeri lost 1-0 at Atletico Madrid in 2014.

Sacchi accused Juve of playing for a draw, something Allegri didn't appreciate.

"Either you were watching a different game, or I was," he retorted.

"You and I have two different footballing philosophies. We were trying to limit Atletico's strengths by controlling the ball. We had a lot of possession.

"We played to win. We just didn't manage it."

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