Thu 07 April 2022 | 13:23

Sacchi: Simeone's football bores the crowd

Coaching legend Arrigo Sacchi has criticised Atletico Madrid's tactics under Diego Simeone.


have been slammed by

Arrigo Sacchi

for their "boring" tactics after their 1-0 defeat against

Manchester City

in the

Champions League


“Simeone has achieved many results in recent years,”

Sacchi told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“There is no doubt that his experience as a player in Italy has influenced him as a coach.

“First of all, don't concede goals. And then let's see what happens, let's rely on the talent of some individuals and hope for the best.

“It's true that Atletico have quality elements, but instead of buying players and spending a lot of money, they should have spent the money on changing their style.

“Let's face it: this way of playing is boring for the audience. The fans ask for beauty, they ask for emotions. What emotion can there be in a fifty-meter long ball?”

Sacchi recalls a exchange between himself and Pele during Euro 2000 semi-final.

“Pele was next to me,”

he said.

“We won on penalties in the end, but only after spending the whole match in our own half defending.

“Pele said to me: 'Too bad. You have good players, but you don't know how to play football.' Atletico behave in the same way: defense, defense, defense.”

Former AC Milan manager believes the tie between these two teams is still open.

“However, we must be honest,”

he continued.

“The tie between the Spaniards and City is still open. Anything could happen in the second leg.

“Atletico didn't have a single shot on goal, that's true, but it's not like City had a lot. Apart from [Kevin] De Bruyne's goal, which was beautiful in its build-up and execution, I don't remember many scoring chances.

“It was a challenge for them so it wasn't fun. Atletico didn't want to play football, but City had a duty to do something more to overcome the wall.”

source: SportMob

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