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Monday July 20 2020
Sacchi: 'Pioli the protagonist at Milan'

Milan legend Arrigo Sacchi has revealed current coach Stefano Pioli ‘surprised’ him and claimed the 54-year-old has been ‘the protagonist’ of the turnaround.

Pioli replaced Marco Giampaolo with the Rossoneri sitting 13th in Serie A and has helped the Diavolo to seventh, two points behind Roma at fifth.

The great run since the resumption in June continued with a thumping 5-1 win against Bologna at San Siro and in July the Diavolo have beaten Lazio and Juvenuts, before keeping Napoli to a 2-2 draw at the San Paolo.

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Friday June 26 2020
Atalanta remind Sacchi of his Milan

Former coach Arrigo Sacchi says Atalanta’s attacking duo Josip Ilicic and Papu Gomez reminds him of his Milan forwards Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten.

Sacchi, who led the Rossoneri to two European Cups, two UEFA Cups and one Scudetto at the end of the 1980s, has claimed the Atalanta players remind him of the stars at the time.

“I think of Ilicic or Papu Gomez,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “Who put their qualities at the service of the group.

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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.

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Sunday May 24 2020
Sacchi: 'Juve have a limit'

Arrigo Sacchi is ‘optimistic’ fans can return in September, claims Juventus have ‘a limit of settling for domestic success’ and ‘hopes’ Paolo Maldini stays at Milan.

Serie A fixtures for the 2019-20 season have yet to resume behind closed doors, but Sacchi is still hopeful supporters in Italy will be let back through the turnstiles sooner rather than later.

“If the contagion curve doesn’t rise, we have to start again,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

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Friday May 15 2020
On this day: Sacchi wins first Milan trophy

On this day in 1988, Arrigo Sacchi won the first trophy of his legendary tenure as Milan coach.

Milan and Napoli were neck-and-neck going into the final round of the 1987-88 Serie A campaign, with the Rossoneri only two points clear at the top.

Whereas Napoli hosted European-chasing Sampdoria in their last game, their title rivals travelled to Como, whose top-flight status still had to be confirmed.

The Diavolo took just two minutes to take the lead through Pietro Virdis, who danced past three opposing defenders before firing past Mario Paradisi.

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Friday May 8 2020
Stars pay tribute to Baresi at 60

Franco Baresi’s former Milan teammates have paid tribute to the legendary defender, on his 60th birthday.

Born in Travagliato on May 8 1960, Baresi joined the Rossoneri academy at a young age. He was picked up at the age of 12 but rejected by city rivals Inter.

He would go on to make his debut in 1978, working hard to establish himself in the starting XI the following season.

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Thursday April 30 2020
Serie A Seasons: Milan 1991-92

It seemed impossible to follow in the footsteps of Arrigo Sacchi, but newcomer Fabio Capello achieved an historic record with the Invincible Milan…

Words: Martin Mork

At the final whistle, Rai Sport journalist Jacopo Volpi storms the pitch to be in on the jubilant scenes, chasing the players as they were jumping up and down, hugging each other, with Volpi on their tail screaming into the microphone: “They said you were finished!”

He grabs Roberto Donadoni, who can’t hear what he said and makes Volpi repeat himself: “They said you were finished, well past it!”

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Sunday April 19 2020
Ex-director: 'Gods jealous of Milan'

Former Milan director Silvano Ramaccioni goes back over his career, including the infamous Champions League defeat to Liverpool. “The Gods were jealous, that’s the only explanation.”

The 81-year-old was part of the San Siro staff for 32 years in various roles from 1982 and spoke to MilanNews.it about some of the most memorable events in that time.

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Wednesday April 15 2020
Rangnick the man to revive Milan

Ralf Rangnick may be something of an unknown quantity in Calcio circles, but Livio Caferoglu explains why he is exactly what Milan need right now.

History tells us German coaches aren’t usually a good fit for Italian clubs. Rudi Voller starred for Roma as a player between 1987 and 1992, but managed them for less than a month in 2004, winning just one of his six games in charge. He remains the only German to have ever coached in Serie A. Despite that, Milan are keen to rewrite history with Ralf Rangnick. And for good reason, too.

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Saturday April 11 2020
Zeman's Bohemian Rhapsody

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks back on Zdenek Zeman’s time at Foggia, one of Serie A’s greatest games, and assesses the Czech’s philosophy.

It was real life, but many remember it as fantasy. For some time, Italian football was caught in a landslide of the same style of football. Zdenek Zeman was an escape from reality, that is true, but we do not always remember him as we should. The Czech coach was certainly ahead of his time, he definitely was an entertaining influence, as the nickname Zemanlandia was meant to turn his Foggia team into a theme park, you were just along for the ride.

“A 0-0 is boring. It is better to lose 5-4, at least it gives you some excitement”

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