Arrigo Sacchi analyzes Roma’s progress under De Rossi, previews Europa League match-up with Milan

Andy Mattioli

Former Milan and Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi weighed in on how the Giallorossi have developed since Daniele De Rossi’s appointment and discussed the upcoming Europa League quarterfinals with Milan.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Sacchi remarked, “I think this particular match-up is wide open for both teams. Milan have been rather inconsistent during the season, but in 2024 they are demonstrating that they have made improvements. It’s not yet the team I would like to see, compact and solid in every department, or at least it doesn’t always manage to be that way. But it has room for growth and, above all, it has international experience.”

“But, Roma now also have a clear style of play. With De Rossi there was a radical change. The team has ideas, it moves according to a game plan, it seems completely different compared to Mourinho’s tenure. I don’t know what happened, not being part of the Giallorossi environment, but I think this Roma will cause a lot of trouble to Milan.”

“Anything can happen. Perhaps Milan have the advantage of playing the first leg at San Siro. But let’s consider that in cup matches, the psychological aspect and the physical aspect are fundamental, especially in spring.”

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