Wednesday October 12 2016
Sacchi: ‘Napoli can cope without Milik’

Arrigo Sacchi believes Napoli can cope without Arkadiusz Milik, and advises Juventus on winning in Europe.

The former Milan Coach won two European Cups with the Rossoneri, and his rise to the top has been compared with that of Partenopei Coach Maurizio Sarri.

“Will the title race be over without Milik? No, because the team matters more than the individual,” Sarri told La Stampa.

“Sarri plays in the same way, just with different performers. If you go to see a [Carlo] Goldoni play, the actors might change but they’ll have his style anyway.”

Juventus have won five Scudetti in a row, but Sacchi has some advice for the Bianconeri on making the final step in the Champions League.

“Juve have everything to make the final leap, above all in Europe, but they’ve only ever used one verb: to win.

“That gives you a little idea of Italy, I once saw a game with 12-year-olds, Inter vs Milan, with more long balls than passes - stuff that the parents would be ashamed of in Spain.

“We just keep repeating what we’ve done for centuries, trying to survive. We want to win by taking shortcuts.

“Watch Bayern [Munich], Barcelona and now [Manchester] City, they’re never overly tactical. Juve are changing, they’re a great club, ahead of everyone, and they appear to have raised the bar.

“I’m very pleased, I once said to my friend [Juventus general manager] Marotta: ‘Beppe, as well as winning there are another two verbs: to convince and to entertain. Work with those if you want to win in Europe’.”

The former Italy CT also discussed the Bianconeri’s front-two, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.

“Higuain? They had the chance to get him and they did well,” Sacchi noted.

“We’re talking about mentality, which matters.

“As for Dybala, I’m an admirer he’ll become a great. If only someone had listened to me at Milan two years ago, he might not be playing for Juventus…”

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