Sacchi: “Giampaolo must feel the esteem of the club like I felt it, Milan need to show Giampaolo confidence like Berlusconi and Galliani did with me”

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Arrigo Sacchi during Bocelli and Zanetti Night on May 25, 2016 in Rho, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)

Arrigo Sacchi has written a column on today’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, urging Milan to not be hasty and keep their faith in Marco Giampaolo.

Marco Giampaolo’s start to his Milan career has certainly not gone according to plan as he’s lost 3 of the 5 first Serie A games and his team does not play anything that resembles the ‘beautiful football’ that was promised.

One of Giampaolo’s biggest advocates is legendary coach Arrigo Sacchi, who liked Giampaolo found some hardships at the beginning of his Milan career.

Sacchi wrote a column on Saturday’s edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport to discuss the situation of Giampaolo – who at least for now does not appear to be in risk of getting sacked.

“Giampaolo’s Milan has shown improvements that bode well for its future. Paolo Maldini compared this start with that of 1987, which then ended with the win of the league. I hope for them that the story repeats itself and that Marco’s men can find, in addition to confidence, greater determination and competitive spirit. It’s a young team that will always wait for its players with patience and maximum will. The coach is a much greater guarantee than I could have been in 1987. For years, Marco has been training in Serie C, Serie B and Serie A. In the last four seasons, the teams he led – Empoli, Sampdoria – went well-beyond expectations, playing football as protagonists, in a fun and beautiful way. He has enhanced many young players by proving himself to be a ‘true maestro’ with sensitivity and non-common ideas.

Marco Giampaolo during Torino-Milan at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino on September 26, 2019. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

“The football of Marco is about is participation, unselfishness, enthusiasm and courage. Courage that makes you free like beauty, and ideas. It’s clear that the club must avoid being hasty, showing confidence and friendship like Berlusconi and Galliani did with me. I was a nobody, but the club trusted me and following my directions also in the transfer market. In the first games, we lost once in the league but twice in the UEFA Cup, where we ended up eliminated. A difficult and complicated start, but Berlusconi and Galliani did not lose hope and esteem. Symptomatic, for example, was the speech of the President after the match we lost at home, on the neutral pitch of Lecce, against Espanyol. It was a short and easy to understand speech: ‘those who follow him will stay and those who will not follow him will leave. Good job everyone’. Duration of the speech: 25 seconds. We have not lost a game afterwards and in the end there was the triumph [of the Scudetto] sanctioned by the applause of the Napoli crowd at San Paolo.

“Giampaolo must feel the esteem of the club like I felt it, only in this way will he be able to express his potential in a serene and cohesive environment. The club with its visions, its rules, its history and its leadership comes before the team, just like the team comes before each individual. Only if they all push in the same direction, united and convinced, will they speed up the adaptation of the young and will they increase the quality and determination. The coach in such a positive and serene context will be able to give space to his own knowledge and create a group synergy that will allow the individual to reach levels that he would never reach individually. Milan will have to return to being a homogeneous group, as willing and animated not like it’s now: this is the only way they can become big. The coach must be flexible with his own ideas, in order to transform the group into a team full of concepts and self-esteem. The Rossoneri can become a constantly evolving collective, in which everyone takes part in the defensive and offensive phases, and are multi-propose, linked by an invisible thread that is the play.

Roberto Donadoni, Filippo Galli, Mauro Tassotti, Franco Baresi, Arrigo Sacchi and Silvio Berlusconi with the Champions League trophy during Sacchi’s book presentation at Banco BPM auditorium on June 17, 2019. (@acmilan.com)

“To become a team you need ideas and intensity, giving life to football means being professional athletes, reliable people and of value. It is necessary to act as collective intelligences that move on the basis of internalized connections which over time become so normal that they lead to acting unconsciously. All this is achieved through hard training and participation, in which everyone does their best to reach those guarantees that transform amateurs into Champions. Only if everyone remains united towards the objective, with excuses, scapegoats and with intense work, will it really be possible to make a change. The Current players should remember that they are at Milan, one of the most famous and greatest teams in the world: they should honor their presence with superior commitment, determination and will. They follow the coach and they’re heroes, each one doing what he’s able to do. Good luck, dear Milan.”

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El pharaoh
El pharaoh
2 years ago

They must be smoking the same green from the same bag. We don’t care we want results. This ain’t no experiment for the next 5 years. We need cl and he can’t produce. We need a world class manager. Wenger mourinho allegri

Protheus
Protheus
2 years ago
Reply to  El pharaoh

Who? Don Arrigo, dont u dare mate. Srsly.
And wenger? Please no. Allegri also don’t bode well with me, he got lucky with ibra and a team full of champs.. look at our squad now, we have “potentials” but no champ yet, hes not gonna do any improvements.

Milan10
Milan10
2 years ago

Bad analogy don arrigo. The mgmt didnt just follow ur instructions during mercato, they freaking hit all the jackpots by signing ance and the dutch duo. Ur system was and still is legendary but without them, especially gullit in his best season, u wouldnt have won that legendary match vs napoli in san paolo, let alone the scudetto. Oh, and u stuck to the system when u had bad start, like alex ferguson did as well at the start of their legendary treble winning season 98/99 but this le midtable clown lost his self esteem and tucked his tail an… Read more »

Valo12
Valo12
2 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

He said it all in the last sentence. Players should step up too. No excuses.

Ted
Ted
2 years ago

I don’t think changing manager is solution. This team didn’t have any consistency since Allegri left in 2014 they changed 8 coaches in 5 years! That’s insane like Palermo with Zamparini. And to expect results in such confusion is plain st*pid. Problem is the management have no plan on how to build a core of the team for years to come. This team is without a tail and head. Rino wanted wingers they give him playmakers, Giampaolo wanted a proper trequartista they gave him wingers. From midfield on this team is badly built.

Milan10
Milan10
2 years ago
Reply to  Ted

Excuse me? Which playmaker did they give rino? Paqueta? He’s not classic 3/4ista although his movements and quick passing massively improved milan’s gameplay, still he’s not playmaker. The mgmt did give him winger -hell, even andre silva and laxalt could play as winger but he still used morontella’s system of give-suso-the-ball-and-pray-for-the-best. Dumb

The Big Dog
The Big Dog
2 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Well said Milan10. For someone who is most of the time wrong about football, you managed to see this one. Maybe because I have been preaching about the disaster and cancer of Suso for years. Now you are finally see my opinion.

The Big Dog
The Big Dog
2 years ago
Reply to  Ted

Allegro leaving is not the problem. You clearly don’t have a clue what the real problem is which would make you a part of the problem if you were the coach.

Ted
Ted
2 years ago
Reply to  The Big Dog

“after Allegri” my friend, I wrote “after Allegri”. At least read it right and it also wasn’t the core of my comment. It seems you missed or don’t understand my point here so just move on

Soheil
Soheil
2 years ago

Apparently we will have a new owner again (even if it’s false news, we should always be ready for change because we are owned by an evil shark corporation.)

That’s our reality:
We are owned by someone who only cares about selling Milan to highest bidder.
We have a management, directors & a coach that none of them won any considerable silverware in all their careers (If you can call it a career).
We spend 400M in last 4 years and yet we are weaker than the team owned by Berlu.

Soheil
Soheil
2 years ago
Reply to  Soheil

Vote down my ASSS

mika
mika
2 years ago
Reply to  Soheil

You can’t fought stupidity

Rossi
Rossi
2 years ago

Giampaolo after his first 4 games -6points
Alegri after his first 4 games – 5points
Gatusso after his first 4 games- 4points
Yet people are acting like this 6points are some huge tragedy.

Soheil
Soheil
2 years ago
Reply to  Rossi

Conte: 5 games 15 points: whats your point?

It is a tragedy. They were also tragedies

Rossi
Rossi
2 years ago
Reply to  Soheil

Also Conte 11mil per season, also Conte transfers 70mil for one player Milan 6 players 90mil. Its uncomparable you get what you paid for, thats why Milan objective is 4place, Inter objective is challenge for Scudeto.

Soheil
Soheil
2 years ago
Reply to  Rossi

We spent 400m in last 4 years. We spent 8 Millions for Krunic, We spent 11m on Duarte. Yet we can’t pay 10m for a top coach. The only thing your comment shows is how mediocre our directors are. We are not even under Uefa investigation till next year. We only needed a top coach + a winger + Baka. It’s the exact same amount we spent and yet we dont even have a striker to replace out of form Piatek.

Rossi
Rossi
2 years ago
Reply to  Soheil

Well of course our mangment is mediocre, probably even less than mediocre but any way, you cant compare Inter with Milan at the moment they invested a lot more not just in coach, and thats why they push for scudeto not just for CL qualification, they are way more ambitious. If Leonardo stayed im sure we would have been on pair with Inter after a season or two, as you said the team was already set up for 4-3-3, only needed a few additions. Thats why Leonardo was after Everton Soares LW and proven coach like Sarri who uses 4-3-3,… Read more »

Soheil
Soheil
2 years ago
Reply to  Rossi

I actually said He is the new victim and least responsible for this situation. I also believe he is not ready for a team with this amount of supporters. All coaches you named wasnt ready. Even Allegri wasn’t ready for Milan when he joined us. For me the problem is not 6 points. When Carleto joined us, our results got worse (compare to Fatih) but everybody knew he has a clear Idea about what he wanted to do. I lost trust to Giampaolo when he abandoned all the things he did in the summer to play suso. He already pissed… Read more »

Valo12
Valo12
2 years ago
Reply to  Soheil

The 10mil coach comes with hundreds of millions in transfer market, which comes with tenths of millions in salaries. Easier said than done.

Soheil
Soheil
2 years ago
Reply to  Valo12

We are in top 20 spending clubs in Europe. Reading & thinking is much harder than cluelessly talking

Valo12
Valo12
2 years ago
Reply to  Soheil

Well, I’m not a teacher, nor in education either, so I cannot help you there. Sorry for letting you down mate. Good luck.

Soheil
Soheil
2 years ago
Reply to  Soheil

Negative vote to a searchable fact? Huh! You are stupid after all

Cocor
2 years ago

What about Ambrosini what he said big supporter