Legendary Rossoneri coach Arrigo Sacchi has slammed the Milan board as well as the club’s patron Silvio Berlusconi for the decline of the seven time European champions.
The 70-year-old praised the work of Juventus however, who have seen their side achieve history by becoming one of a select group of teams to win five Serie A titles in a row, using their success as a benchmark to highlight the failings of the Rossoneri hierarchy.
“Before [Antonio] Conte and [Massimiliano] Allegri, they [the Juventus boardroom] were the creators of this wonderful sporting phenomenon. ” Sacchi said.
“There is now an embarrassing gap between Juventus and Milan, who spend their time debating issues of internal organisation, strategy and competence.
“They [the Rossoneri] do not transmit clarity in their plans and have made choices that have had negative consequences for the club. For coaches to create a successful team, they need people with ideas, energy and enthusiasm running the club.”
He then also took aim at Milan’s crosstown rivals Inter, owned by Indonesian tycoon Erick Thohir.
“It is not just a case of money,” continued Sacchi, “Both Milan and Inter’s primary problem lie in the management of the club as a whole.
“Inter’s foreign owner has been absent and expressionless, whilst [Silvio] Berlusconi has been too involved in politics.
“It is true that football is the most important of life’s unimportant things, but it is also true that it requires attention, love, passion and a daily presence, without which the results will not come.”
Sacchi has a point. After the Calciopoli scandal, Juventus rebuilt itself. They invested in a new stadium and stuck with a plan through Conte and Allegri. As a result they are now the 7th most profitable club in Europe, and it would take a brave man to pick against them picking up a sixth consecutive Scudetto next season.
On the other hand the two Milan sides have gone backwards this decade. Bad decisions on managers and players and no coherent strategy from the board. Both clubs keep changing tact in the hope of recapturing former glories but instead fall further and further behind not only Juventus, but Napoli and Roma too.
What do you think of Sacchi’s comments? Do you agree or disagree with them?