Wednesday January 18 2012
Sacchi: Pato should have left

Former Milan and Italy boss Arrigo Sacchi thinks Alexandre Pato made a mistake in snubbing a San Siro exit.

The Italian club had agreed to sell him to Paris Saint-Germain this month, but the Brazilian opted to remain at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

“Pato is a great player, but he would have made a better decision had he left Milan,” Sacchi told the Corriere della Sera.

The Rossoneri were ready to sacrifice Pato in order to net the necessary funds to then sign Carlos Tevez from Manchester City.

“It did seem strange to me that [Milan President Silvio] Berlusconi liked Tevez as a player,” Sacchi continued.

“For someone who loves Ronaldinho like he does, it would be hard for him to pick Tevez over Pato.”

Sacchi was also asked for his thoughts on Juventus boss Antonio Conte and Claudio Ranieri, the Inter tactician whose defensive tactics he has been critical of.

“Conte is really good,” Sacchi, who bossed him at World Cup 1994, added. “For his Juventus to play well they will have to express themselves at a level that many of the squad are not used to.

“Ranieri? He’s an expert tactician and he’s done something important by creating a squad with strong motivation.

“Now let us see if he is able to get them to play a different type of football.”

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