Frstly, as a disclaimer, Ive really only spent six months thinking about the theoretical side of tactics in Football Manager, and how the match. 4v0+GK: – Here the midfielders crisscross and the forward acts like a wall favoring the shot at goal of a teammate. – #3 receive the ball from the coach and pass. AC Milan’s Under Arrigo Sacchi – – . Great Team Tactics: Breaking Down How Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan Took Down Europe.

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N obody at Milan knew who he taftics. As a player he had had no reputation, and as a coach he was still an unknown. But Silvio Berlusconi saw something. Sacchi had been with second division Parma for two years — and there his innovative tactical ideas had begun to take shape.

Parma, playing with a ferocious intensity, impressed Berlusconi. This was something different.

In s Italy, the prevailing approach was still one of conservatism, of cautiousness. The style of play was steeped in catenaccio: Sacchi, though, wanted to change this.

It was tacticss in his style: Over time, his understanding of the game, of ideas and tactics, became his greatest strength. Still, when he arrived in Milan many were unconvinced. Sacchi was an unknown with revolutionary ideas. He had worked as a shoe salesman for his father and started coaching his local team at the age of It was not a typical pathway to a European giant.

Quickly, though, he began to make his mark. He had dispelled the notion that only the best former players could make successful coaches. There was inevitable pressure at Milan but it appeared not to phase Sacchi.


The Tactical essence of Sacchi

He had an unerring self-belief; he was impressively undeterred by the detractors who welcomed him upon his arrival at San Siro. He was aware, too, that true success had evaded Milan in the years before his appointment.

arriggo They had won just one Scudetto in twenty years and a squad of talented players had, thus far, underwhelmed. By the time Sacchi left the club, they had won a lot: By the time he left, Italian football had changed.

For Sacchi, that was vindication. It was, for him, about more than proving his doubters wrong, more than winning trophies. He wanted to leave an indelible mark on the game, and at Milan he achieved that. Though he preached the importance of offensive, aesthetic football, Sacchi was certainly not neglectful of the defensive side of the game.

The player needs to express himself within the parameters laid out by the manager.

Arrigo Sacchi: The Conductor – Tifo Football

Sacchi insisted that, regardless of the players at his disposal, system was key. He argued that Milan would have been equally as successful without van Basten, without Baresi or Rijkaard. But Sacchi, despite his undoubted tactical intelligence, struggled to communicate his ideas in his later roles. He left Milan in to take charge of the Italian national team, but he appeared frustrated by the rarigo of the international game.

He often spoke of the importance of time, of patience, when instilling a new way of playing. With Italy he did not have that. He did, though, guide his country to the final of the World Cup.

They were beaten on penalties by Brazil, and that was enough to attract criticism. Italy, under Sacchi, failed to convince; they lacked any cohesion and the consensus was that they were too reliant on Roberto Baggio. Euro 96 was a disaster — Italy were eliminated in the group stages — and Sacchi briefly returned to Milan before moving on to Atletico Madrid. It seemed he had exhausted his managerial energy. He did not again come close to matching his first four years with Milan.


Perhaps it was the intensity of his approach, the rigour with which he assessed the game. Perhaps the constant need to innovate had taken its toll.

Tactical Tale | Tactical Tale of Arrigo Sacchi

Byfollowing another short spell with Parma, Sacchi could not continue. A stress-related illness forced him to take on saccchi position as director and his coaching career was over.

By the end, though, it was not the disappointment of Italy or Atletico Madrid that remained in the memory. Few coaches have made such a significant impact — as Sacchi did with Milan — over such a short period of time.

The pressing game that is so omnipresent today — and utilised by a number of the most talented coaches — would not have taken the form it did without Sacchi.

Arrigo Sacchi – Wikipedia

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