Luciano Spalletti's Napoli 'like my 1980s AC Milan' says Arrigo Sacchi

Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli ‘are like my iconic AC Milan of the 1980s, or Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona’, says Arrigo Sacchi, as the Serie A league leaders look to pile more pressure on Liverpool in Champions League clash

  • Arrigo Sacchi has highly praised Napoli ahead of their trip to Liverpool’s Anfield
  • The iconic AC Milan manager compared them to his successful team of the 80s
  • Napoli, who sit five points clear in Serie A, have been tipped for European glory 

Former AC Milan manager Arrigo Sacchi has compared Napoli’s playing style to that of his late 80s side at the San Siro.

Sacchi, 76, helmed the fort at AC Milan twice, and his side at the end of the 1980s won the European Cup twice.

Now he has compared Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli to that iconic team – as well as noting their similarities to Pep Guardiola’s time at Barcelona.

Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli have received some very favourable comparisons from an icon

Napoli are going into a rematch with Liverpool after beating them in Italy at the start of the Champions League group stage.

According to Football Italia, Sacchi told Il Mattino: ‘This Napoli side is spectacular, they are a step away from legend, following the top teams of the past such as [Rinus] Michels’ Ajax, Guardiola’s Barcelona and my invincible Milan.

‘They have style, pride, sense of belonging and a coach who has put his ideas at the core of the project. In a country where we only look for profit, Spalletti gambles on merit and strategy.’

Arrigo Sacchi, who won two European Cups with AC Milan, thinks Napoli could go all the way

With five wins from their five group stages so far, Sacchi has tipped Napoli to even potentially make the final of the Champions League.

Their domestic form has also seen them rise to the top of Serie A, five points clear of their cloest rivals, who they face on Saturday evening.

They have earned a five point lead over Atalanta, and are set to play them on Saturday evening

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