Tuesday June 2 2020
Sacchi: 'Inter can't be written off'

Former Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi has claimed Inter have a favourable fixture list and shouldn’t be ruled out of the Scudetto battle in Serie A.

“Resuming play can be a signal for the return to normality,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “But if problems occur, for God’s sake, let’s stop.”

But the former Italy CT has been thinking about the return to action and claims ‘courage, enthusiasm and aggression’ are the three keywords to get the people going again.

“The teams that will have a strategy and not just one tactic, will be better off,” he added. “The collective, helping each other out, the character and the team spirit.

“On the pitch, I would like to see more courage, more enthusiasm, more aggression. Enough with the teams that use three defenders to mark one striker.

“The public asks for beauty, fun, and not just victories won without merit.”

For the legendary coach, football will not be the same without people in the stands but at the same time claimed the teams can beat the suffering heat of the Italian summer.

“[It will be] like a theatrical performance without spectators. You are naked, you can’t cling onto anything.

“I was the coach of Italy, who at the 1994 World Cup played at noon, under a hellish sun and with humidity at 90 per cent.

“It’s not easy, that’s true, but if you train well and if you plan to recover, you can do it. Man, in the long run, wins over nature.”

Inter sit nine points behind league leaders Juventus with one game in hand, but Sacchi has claimed it would be foolish to rule out Antonio Conte’s men from the title race.

“I took a look at the fixture list and it seems to me that Inter’s road is quite easy. I think Conte can bring them back to fight at the top, even if Juve, for the squad available, and Lazio, for the great motivations, will start with an advantage.

“The factors that will affect the run-in, will be preparation and fear. To give a concrete example: I expect [Stefano] Sensi from Inter to get in shape faster than [Romelu] Lukaku, who has giant muscles.”

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