Friday March 5 2021
Sacchi explains where it’s going wrong for Milan and Juve

Arrigo Sacchi believes Milan have mentality issues and sees Juventus’ young players ‘confused.’

Milan were held to a home 1-1 stalemate by Udinese on Wednesday while Juventus had beaten Spezia the day before.

However, the Bianconeri sit 10 points behind table leaders Inter with a game in hand and according to Sacchi, they failed to impress against Vincenzo Italiano’s side.

“There is still uncertainty around Juventus, they beat Spezia but failed to convince. Juventus have had plenty of motivation and grit over the last nine years,” Sacchi wrote in his column on La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“The group was determined to win, regardless of the merit and the style of play. Juventus wanted to succeed in any possible way relying on fighters with a great personality and some champions capable of winning the games single-handedly.

“Frankly, it’s hard to judge Juventus’ style of play and even the young players who joined the team in the summer seem confused. I have the feeling they found a group who is betraying the history of this glorious club.”

Things do not look any better for the Rossoneri.

“They struggled against Udinese after a convincing win in Rome,” Sacchi wrote.

“They seemed to have put the little crisis behind, but it’s not quite like that. They are not struggling physically but mentally.

“The success to which they were not accustomed and the demand for victories can produce stress

“On Wednesday, they showed no determination, pace, aggressivity and rhythm.

“As a consequence, the team was not organised.

“Many players kept the ball too long, so the links and passes were affected. Others tried to dribble when it would have been better to pass, and so on.

“There was little movement without a ball. Attackers were too far from each other and facilitated the job of Udinese’s defenders.

“[Ante] Rebic was the shadow of the striker witnessed against Roma, Rafael Leao did little movement.”