Due to some positive feedback, I have decided to make the debate topic a weekly special
When Arrigo Sacchi came on the scene in 1987 with AC Milan he was credited with breaking down the catenaccio culture and bringing a more attack minded approach to the Italian game.
Many attributed his employment of zonal marking over the man-to-man marking as the reason for a more attacking game.
Years later, Giovanni Trappatoni, insisted that the Public had bought ‘hook, line and sinker’ the notion that zonal marking equaled attacking football.
He asked observers to compare the years 1987 through 1991, when both managers were managing the Milanese clubs of AC Milan and Internazionale Milano.
He argued that statistics show that his Inter scored more goals and conceded more goals during this period, despite employing man to man marking.
What are your thoughts on this, as well as each manager’s legacy
We could also discuss Sacchis’ reign as Italy national team manager with his tactics.
Photo from: Guerin Sportivo, October 31-November 6, 1990(Giovanni Trappatoni)
Photo from: Guerin Sportivo, April 26-May 2, 1989(Arrigo Sacchi)