Sacchi: ‘Fonseca at Milan? I expected a more significant name….’


Legendary Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi admits he was underwhelmed by the clubs links with Lille’s Paulo Fonseca. The Rossoneri have dismissed Stefano Pioli and look set to appoint Portuguese tactician Fonseca, who previously coached Roma in Serie A. Asked about the potential appointment in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sacchi weighed in on the names being linked with Milan:

“Paulo Fonseca at Milan? I’ll be honest: I expected a more significant name. Or at least, as an Italian, I hoped that the club would choose a coach from our own country. Milan needs a strategist, a coach who can give the team a style of play and who can enhance the human material available through the game.

“There are excellent coaches who would have suited the Rossoneri. I think of De Zerbi, Sarri, Gasperini, Italiano, Motta, who is not Italian but is as good as one… The ones I just mentioned know Serie A, understand the dynamics of our football, have ideas, and have demonstrated it.

“Fonseca is yet to be discovered. Milan fans have been accustomed to good things over the years. They are passionate and knowledgeable. I expect Fonseca to propose an exciting style of football. To do this, he will need reliable people, generous players.”


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