Sacchi: ‘Inter has a chance to beat Manchester City’


Legendary Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi believes Inter have a chance of beating Manchester City in the Champions League final. The clash is already being billed as an entirely one-sided affair, with City ranked as the heavy favourites to overcome the Nerazzurri on June 10. Writing for La Gazzetta dello Sport, Sacchi, who has been critical of Simone Inzaghi and Inter this season, offered a revised opinion of their chances against the Citizens, pointing to the Nerazzuri’s recent run of form that has seen them lose just once in 11 matches:

“The Nerazzurri are doing well physically and congratulations must be given to Simone Inzaghi, a good coach and a polite person. He brought the team to the top right at the decisive moment. And he is so wise that he does not react when he substitutes players and they leave the field shaking their heads in discontent. Inzaghi has achieved important results, won two cups, and against Manchester City the result is not written.”

“Are the English favoured? They have great quality, agreed. Guardiola was able to wake up the whole group, now they attack the spaces, they move on the pitch, they don’t rely only on technique. But Inter, believe me, has its chances because we Italians, in important moments, always know how to be there, we bring out that extra something that others do not have. It’s a virtue of ours that needs to be protected.”

“Will it be a balanced challenge? Let’s say that Manchester City, to win the cup, has to earn it. And they will have to sweat a lot, because Inter have elements that can put anyone in trouble. Guardiola knows he cannot make any mistakes because, when you make a mistake against a tactician like Inzaghi, the tactician does not forgive you.”


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