ROME – Interviewed by the "Giornale", Arrigo Sacchi talks about football to talk about football … Benito Mussolini.
"In Italy – says the ex-CT of the national team starting his reasoning on the nature of us Italians – football is exactly the mirror of the life and history of our country. I have struggled to make my teams run because it is from the Roman times that we run backwards. The only time we won a war is because we played on the counterattack. There I lost two uncles, one was 19, the other 22: they sent them to the fray. World War II? Same thing, always the idea of being smarter than others, of being able to take advantage of the situation. Mussolini knew very well that we were not ready to fight a war, the generals had informed him ".
Sacchi then spends a few words also for Silvio Berlusconi. "Berlusconi – Sacchi still tells in the long interview with the" Giornale "- has a natural size and I owe him a lot, especially the fact that he always believed in me when I was all against." Before the World Cup, which had just become prime minister, Berlusconi invited him to Palazzo Chigi: "He said to me: If he wins this, I will be Minister of Sport. I answered him: But the Ministry of Sport does not even exist. And he: Well we create it. I told him: Doctor if my business is difficult, it's impossible. Because the Italian has the sense of the nation but not the sense of the State ".
"If I regret having resigned from the national team? No – Sacchi replies – this is not true. The experiences are all important and this has been a great but difficult experience. Training a national team is not like coaching a club, you don't work every day with your players: the feeling was that of a eunuch in a harem of beautiful women ".
Source: Il Giornale.
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