Former Milan boss Arrigo Sacchi believes Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are his spiritual heirs. “We have the duty to make the public enjoy football.”
Guardiola and Klopp have cited Sacchi as influences in the past, and the legendary Coach praised the Manchester City and Liverpool rivals for leading a ‘golden age’ in English football.
“Their football is similar to mine and I really appreciate their values, culture and mentality,” he told The Daily Mail.
“My Milan team innovated, the teams of Guardiola and Klopp continue to innovate. I’ve always loved instilling my players with the desire to go beyond their own limits.
“In my notes I wrote: ‘Victory is important when it is amplified and helped by the beauty of the game.’
“They think like me. We have the duty to make the public enjoy football, to be excited by it. Making great football is more difficult than talking about it.
“I like the desire they have to dominate. Football must be domination and beauty, music and culture.
“I enjoy watching them. The problem in the Premier League is that they play too often and there is too much competition. Perhaps this is why the national team never achieves great results.”
The 73-year-old then paid tribute to ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for his ‘revolutionary’ work in the Premier League.
“Let me say a word about Arsene Wenger — he revolutionised English football, he’s really great.
“[On his favourite out of Klopp, Guardiola and Pochettino], I guarantee you that I would be in trouble.
“You mentioned my favourites and all three have the same philosophical system even though they are very different.
“England has a crazy, brilliant championship. It is experiencing a golden age.”
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Football Italia staff