Arrigo Sacchi's Milan

Arrigo Sacchi's Milan
moneybags, Van Basten and Gullit formed a trident dream AC Milan of Arrigo Sacchi. Photo:

Last update May 26, 2020 by Javier Argudo

Several teams have marked an epoch in the history of football. We've all heard of The Mechanical orange, Brazil's 70, Maradona's Argentina, El Dream Team (as it met the club trained by Cruyff) and of course: Sacchi's Milan.

Sacchi's Milan… And BERLUSCONI

It all started in 1987, when Arrigo Sacchi He came to take over the bench AC Milán. The Italian coach came up to achieve A series al Parma and keep the following season in the top flight of Italian football.

Precisely, the Milan a newcomer Silvio Berlusconi He had suffered a heavy defeat against Sacchi's Parma months before and, since then, the Rossoneri president insisted that this should be the coach who will lead your project.

Thus he forged one of the best teams in the history of the sport. The Rossoneri was reinforced with players like Ancelottti, Donadoni, Colombo o Vania what, at the base of the team formed by young homegrown players Maldini, Costacurta o Baressi, They formed the backbone of that team.


But nevertheless, the differential note put it the three Dutch who arrived between 1987 Y 1988: Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard y Marco Van Basten. Dutch trident caused a sensation both club and national team.

The AC Milan de Sacchi He ruled the continent and the world football for several years, getting 2 European Cups, 2 intercontinental and 2 European Super Cups. further, in 7 managed seasons 4 suspenders and was runner-up in 2 occasions, probably due to the fact efforts to overturn European Cup.

Impossible to forget that style of play so characteristic, with a forward zone defense, He is drowning rivals and made them fall constantly offside, with an unstoppable attack led, precisely, by three Dutch. It was a perfect machine to make football a coach who focused his players to 8 hours a day to work both physical and tactical plot.


At that time, the Real Madrid He is massacring rivals in the Spanish Liga with a historic generation which was known as 'La Quinta del Vulture’. A group of players who made the leap to the first team and won white 5 consecutive league. But nevertheless, always he left with a thorn: not win the European Cup.

The culprit maximum of what was, definitely, the AC Milan he endorsed a humiliating 5-0 in San Siro leaving out Real Madrid. that season, The team of Sacchi proclaims champion before the Steaua Bucarest. Not comply with this, the Rossoneri again leave out the Real Madrid a year later and again raise the maximum continental title winning the final Benfica.

But everything good has an end. Arrigo Sacchi had some trouble with some stars, mainly with Van Basten. This, coupled with the coach's enthusiasm for leading the Italian team led to his departure. His heir on the bench was Fabio Capello, which still had great successes such as the European Cup of 1994 that the Milan players beat FC Barcelona by a forceful 4-0.

Javier Argudo

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