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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In the early s, the Italian national team were in a distinct crisis. To solve the tactical issues, the Federazione drew on the secret weapon of domestic Italian football: The former Milan coach replaced Azeglio Vicini, who arrogo not been able to win the World Cup at home, in A system that, unsurprisingly, was very similar to the one Milan played in the late s. Sacchi, however, arrigoo to fend off his critics claiming he would prefer players from AC Milan, the club he had made wacchi international breakthrough with.

Sacchi was at loggerheads with all of them. With a clear conscience, he depended on them holding up the pressing intensity in any situation. He asked for a defined greed to win the ball, and, more importantly, the will to dominate a game over the course of 90 minutes.

Arrigo Sacchi: The Conductor – Tifo Football

He, moreover, proved that he was versatile, doing more than just putting his players through the mill of abrading exercises on a daily basis. He barely saw the Squadra and could only work with them during the international breaks.

Plus, the nominated players were under the influences of their club coaches. It forced Sacchi to change his style. He could not teach any dogmas. He had to occur — more than ever — as a sympathetic teacher. His well-known dry trainings and pressing exercises could only be applied during the immediate pre-World Cup trainings camp. Until then, Sacchi prepared all trainings sessions and tactical options meticulously. He thought through any possible formation for more than two years.

With the utmost care, he observed the various types of players that came into question for his squad. He and his assistants — including his former playmaker Carlo Ancelotti — masterfully planned the World Cup campaign. After losing against Ireland in the opening game in East Rutherford, the campaign threatened to become a disaster, though. Achieving a close victory over Norway and drawing with Mexico, Italy entered the second round as one of the best third-ranked teams. They then beat Nigeria in dramatic fashion.


Arrigo Sacchi: The Conductor

Roberto Baggio scored the equaliser after 88 minutes, and later the deciding goal in over-time — from the penalty spot. Two more wins over Spain and Bulgaria earned them a spot in the final. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi promised Sacchi a areigo in his cabinet in case of a victory.

Later, Sacchi joked, Baresi, Massaro, and Baggio spoiled his political career. Sacchi preferred structures were essentially recognisable, although more fluid than in his Milan days.

By tendency, the arrigk played in a Sacchi involved all ten outfield players into his system of lines and chains. Roberto Baggio solely enjoyed a certain degree of freedom he understood to use. The striker occasionally dropped back into the zones between the opposing lines, picking up balls between the man-markers. Afterwards, Baggio shortly deferred the attack to either play a pass to his partner up front or a through ball to an advancing winger. As soon as Baggio took command in midfield, the pass distribution out of the middle was akin to those two sketches by Sacchi.

Being supposed to throw their man-markers off, the wingers should run diagonal routes. He roamed between a trequartista role and a number eight position in midfield. From time to time, Baggio switched positions with Massaro or Giuseppe Signori. That kind of surprise effect was their ace in the hole.

High temperatures stretched them to their limit in every match. Although Sacchi planned a high press as first pressing phase when trying to recover the ball, he was forced to occasionally give up the pressing ultraoffensivo. That is how the pressing ultraoffensivo with a should have looked.

In that case, the Italian team went back to the well-tried formation and a rather customary chain mechanism, using variable opportunities to interrupt the opposing build-up play, while consequently collective deformations passed off smoothly.

In the course of retrograde movement, a block tended to be an alternative to the usual two lines of four. The simple reason was, Italy wanted to use the speed of two attacking wingers up front in some matches.

They tried to force an interception in the middle — the defending formation had to stand within a width of 44 yards — and afterwards aimed at utilising the close connections of a narrow block to play quick and freeing combinations.

The technically superior central midfielders, as Demetrio Albertini, for instance, had an eye for variations of short and medium-long passes, provided consistent gaining of space by creating triangles and playing precise lay-off passes. And moreover Italy kept the rhythm high. Cautious attacks did not suit the Squadra of In that version, the left-back started the attacking play.


After a short curl, the colleague in front of him offered a rebound pass. Meanwhile, the left attacking midfielder was dropping back. Afterwards he passed the ball on the striker in front of him.

Those zig-zag patterns also involved the central number six who was supposed to deliver the ball out of the narrowing. In the meantime, the right midfielder was moving through the right wing zone, whereby a tactical trigger mechanism ensured that the attacking winger either pushed into the zone between the lines or ran behind the back line.

They multiply conceded one goal. As a consequence, their offense was even more challenged to outplay the opposing coverages with quick one-twos and lay-off passes. As far as their defence was concerned, Sacchi had to permanently change the line-up.

Although making a crucial mistake in the opening match, the experienced Baresi was nevertheless a libero-esque tower of strength. He injured his meniscus in the second match, though. Therefore, Sacchi had to move his interim captain Maldini to the middle. At both left-back and right-back, he then fielded more offensive types of players, so that eventual back threes became utterly rare.

Just in time, Baresi returned to participate in the final match against Brazil. Sacchi pulled a variant form of the pressing out of his hat.

Defensively, the three ball-near midfielders moved towards the wing zone, creating a shortened chain. Locally, the Azzurri squeezed the space as strongly as possible, yet the rest of the team remained loosely positioned. To move to the ball and re-create a reliable defensive shape, after the ball moved from one side to the other, Italy did not have to cover a lot of yards. In fact, the players, who were on the ball-far side, could rather stuff holes or stay zone-orientated in the middle.

The rest is history. The career of Arrigo Sacchi has been uncrowned at international tournaments. Two years after the World Cup, Sadchi Nationale failed to pass the group stage of the European championship.

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