Friday August 19 2016
Sacchi: 'Juve a decade ahead'

Arrigo Sacchi agrees with the view that Juventus have booked the next Scudetto: 'They are 10 years ahead of their competitors'.

The Bianconeri followed a striking and often not very popular strategy of stealing the best players from their direct opponents this summer, and as a result they now seem the only credible candidate for the championship.

“Let's say that if things stay as they are, then [Coach Max] Allegri's team would have good, very good odds of winning the title,” Sacchi told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The club is 10 years ahead of their competitors.

“The Coach knows Italian football like the back of his hand and is a great tactician. The players are, individually, the best. Now they must become more European, more proactive in their game.

“Italian teams, and Juve are no different in this, tend to fall back once they take the lead, to defend the 1-0. But I like those teams that keep dominating, that play their game independently of the result. In Europe this philosophy leads to victory.”

The former Milan Coach was asked what he thought about the Old Lady's two most prominent signings, Miralem Pjanic from Roma and Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli.

“When are we going to understand, here in Italy, that the game of football is a collective business? The individuals are important only if the collective works.

“They signed two great players and weakened their direct rivals. Now let's see if these signings work. For instance, I'm curious to see how much Napoli will miss Higuain, and how much Higuain is going to miss Napoli's game. This is not a detail to be underestimated.”

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