“It is the most difficult moment since I accepted the position”. Words of Arrigo Sacks, which come from afar 1994. Italy was preparing the Global of ‘94 and, on 6 April, at the end of an internship, the classic friendly match before breaking ranks with a provincial team, which was dominating the group C2 Series, with 51 points, led by a 36-year-old coach, who is not called Arrigo but D’Arrigo: the Pontedera. Collina to direct a meeting that sees one side facing each other National with Marchegiani; Panucci, Costacurta, Baresi, Maldini; Donadoni, Albertini, Conte, Stroppa; Gentlemen; Roberto Baggio; on the other Dragon, Vezzosi, Paradiso, Rocchini, Allori, Cecchi, Rossi, Moschetti, Checchini, Bread and Aglietti. Stride? Yes, for the others: 1-2 Tuscan with Rossi e Aglietti, hero of the match.
KO WITH UNDER 20 – Mancini’s Italy lost yesterday against Bollini’s Under 20, ex Lazio and Salernitana, one who knows how to work very well with young people, in a game played on two halves of half an hour each, with Emerson Palmieri, Toloi, Raspadori, Chiesa, Sirigu and Meret lent, alternatively, to the training of Azzurrini. Not the real national team, that victorious exit from the match against the Czech Republic giving a show, but the second lines, those that did not take the field and that angered the coach Mancini. Yes, because the coach was disappointed with the performance of the other squads, appearing dark in the face. A defeat that creates media echo, but that has nothing to do with the rumba taken by Arrigo Sacchi’s team 17 years ago.
THE PROVINCE CRUYFF – The network of Massaro made the passive less bitter, with Collina which also gave extra recovery to allow the Azzurri to equalize. No way. The Pontedera won, on Pontedera triumphed, ‘Pontedera at the World Cup ‘ someone titled. D’Arrigo, who immediately after that game and that season was nicknamed the Cruyff of the province, faithful to the Dutch game, passionate about the world Barcelona and looking for the perfect team to defend as the Milan di Sacchi, play in midfield as the Parma and attack like the Foggia of Laird, taken by euphoria, he forgot to tell his wife of the surprising victory: “When did I realize I had accomplished a feat? When my wife, who is not passionate about football, got angry because she had heard of Pontedera’s victory on the national team from others, and not from me“. Tuscan euphoria, for a team that cost 200 million as a whole (one cent by Roberto Baggio) he trained in the gym to the rhythm of rock, which had computerized workouts and played a pure zone, on the one hand; blue drama on the other. , who saw a technical project, that sacchiano, sink in front of the 4-3-1-2 with pressure across the board of Pontedera, chosen to play like Norway. So that Arrigo a D’Arrigo said: “Pressing across the board and fast pace, I recommend”. The answer is ready D’Arrigo ad Arrigo: “Mister, we already play like this”.
ITALY FROM C2 – Nel day after Matarrese he called Sacks, in a phone call, kept secret, then two-hour training in the cage, videotape of the match together with the young man Ancelotti later a night tormented by doubts. At 1.30 pm everyone is free, gives Weather in Casiraghi a Baggio, gives Conte a Peruzzi, all away from Converciano without saying a word to the reporters present. Sacchi, on the other hand, stopped and spoke: “See you all next Saturday, in retreat”, sending journalists into a panic, ready to launch the news of a new internship. And instead… “Yes, next Saturday. Play C2 on Sunday, so …”. Doubts, criticisms, lackluster play, so much so that even the New York Times picked up the news, analyzing the pros and cons of having entrusted the bench of a national team to a coach like Sacchi. Then, however, there was also a World Championship lived as protagonists, interrupted at eleven meters from the finish, at the most beautiful. Here, that the ko of Mancini With the’Italy Under 20 may be a good omen. Maybe with a better (a) ending. After all, the knockout is not exactly the same, so …