Sacchi's AC Milan soccer reinvented

Sacchi's AC Milan soccer reinvented
Sacchi's Milan marked an era at the height of Maradona's time in Calcio. PHOTO: Brand

He Milan de Sacchi It was an unstoppable team that in four fantastic years managed to revolutionize the world of football with a system and a model of its own game that gave it a lot of records and titles and led it to be considered one of the best teams in football history.

The origin of this great AC Milan must be found in the arrival of Silvio Berlusconi to the club on 20 February 1986. After a period marked by scandals previous gray, bad results (even drops to Serie B) and a poor image, the arrival of “The Cavalliere” the presidency would mark a turning point. Their large investments and their quest to conquer Italy and Europe would end up transforming the structure of AC Milan.

Sacchi's AC Milan and the Dutch, football history

While it is true that his first season 86-87 the head of the entity “Rossoneri” He was going to complete in a very dignified manner, this campaign was going to be where you would find the magic potion to fulfill your wishes. In a tie against Parma, he AC Milan was going to be surprised by the Parmesan team trained by a then semi-unknown Arrigo Sacchi. The image caused by the box Sacchi would be so positive, I surprised by his concept of football, Berlusconi would send the great Arrigo signing for next season. In fact, Legend says that once finished asked who was the bald coach. And once answered the question, answered: I want it.

Sacchi landing hung out with the arrival of several Dutch level: Marco Van Basten, Gullit y Rijkaard, Golden Tulip trident, who came to complement a starting lineup which included the defenses Baresi, Paolo Maldini, Tassoti and Costacurta, and the media Donadoni or Carlo Ancelotti among others, besides attacking the level of Daniele Massaro or Virdis.

Milan de Sacchi and the Dutch
Gullit, Van Basten and Rijkaard marked an era in Milan. PHOTO: Brand

The beginning of a legendary team

COUPLED the desire to eat and hunger for titles the result was immediate: the Scudetto of the season 87-88 and Supercopa Italian. All of this, in front of a Naples that headed by Diego Armando Maradona made things very difficult.

Despite the tremendous sporting success obtained, The highlight was the way to achieve. With an innovative system, based on a zone defense, occupation of spaces and a forward suffocating pressure, Sacks had managed to break the traditional Italian catenaccio. But above all, He had managed to change the habit of footballers: traditional training equipment was replaced by double session days with four hours devoted to physical exercises and ball, and four aimed at improving the tactical side.

Besides, the team was controlled in a sports town, Milanello, where players worked out with weights in the gym and was monitored in detail their food. The question was to live by and for football. Turn it into an obsession.

Sacchi's Milan
Sacchi was feared by the players for their desire always to improve. PHOTO: As

El Milan de Sacchi, the scourge of the Quinta del Buitre

The result of this hard work, the team would win two European Cups in a row. The first in 1989, winning at the Camp Nou against Steaua de Bucharest George Hagi by a strong 4-0. But the final, what impressed was the spectacular path followed to reach the title, and more particularly, anthological the semifinal against Real Madrid, where the Italians were going to endorse a hand to the Quinta del Vulture.

The second, It would also be charged as a victim to Madrid, this time in eighths, Besides, the team would eliminate quartered at KV Mechelen Belgian, Bayern Munich in the semis, and in the final in Vienna Benfica goal by Rijkaard. The two European Cups were finished off with two European Super Cup against Barcelona and Sampdoria and two Intercontinental against Olimpia of Paraguay.

Intercontinental champion
AC Milan won two European Cups and two Intercontinental under the baton of Sacchi. PHOTO: Brand

Only Italy, where great Diego Armando Maradona first and a brilliant Sampdoria resisted the push of a team that will be remembered by those images where you could see how all players moved together and simultaneously in the direction of the ball, They rose and fell, not only all together, but remaining at the same distance from each other, without losing more than one meter.

Sacks would finally resign in 1991 to take charge of the selection. Your substitute Fabio Capello would keep the team in the elite with one season 91-92 genial where the team finished the Scudetto undefeated. Capello, great coach, He left a successful image, but he could never ignore the role of Sacchi and that fearsome machine efficiency, to emulate then many other teams.

Eleven type of AC Milan of Sacchi was a real equipazo.
Eleven type of AC Milan of Sacchi was a real equipazo.
Julio Muñoz

Julio Muñoz

Journalist, specialist in international football and retro. I write in and you can follow me at @ juliomv1982


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