Sacchi: “Brazil super, but who has Argentina’s attack? Germany and France in the race”

Interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former coach Arrigo Sacchi spoke about the World Cup that is about to start today and the favorites for the final victory

Interviewed by La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former coach Arrigo Sacchi spoke about the World Cup that is about to start today and the favorites for the final victory:

What are his emotions?

«The same as when, in 1954, I saw the World Cup for the first time on TV. I was 8 years old and ran away from home to go to the bar to admire the Greater Hungary of Kocsis, Puskas and Hidegkuti. My spirit, every time I watch a football match, is that of a child who wishes he could attend a show. And it is in this spirit that I will not miss a single match in Qatar 2022″.

Favorites?

«Brazil, Argentina, France and Germany».

Brazil for what reason?

«Because Tite’s national team is very solid in defense, they concede very few goals. Thiago Silva and Marquinhos are two pillars. And in front of the rearguard there is a dam formed by Fred and Casemiro: it’s not easy to pass through there… Then, when the ball arrives up front, Raphinha, Neymar, Vinicius or whoever you want… they have the qualities to send knock down your opponents.”

And Argentina?

«He impressed me a lot in the Wembley match against Italy. They have great champions and a pleasant game. Who wouldn’t want people like Messi, Lautaro and Di Maria in their team? And then let’s not neglect the environmental factor: it will be hot in Qatar and the South Americans can have an advantage».

Tell us about France.

«Lately she hasn’t expressed herself at her best, but she is the reigning champion and can always have highly experienced men at her disposal».

Could the completely renewed Germany fit into the title fight?

“The Germans have rarely betrayed in large demonstrations. They have a steel character. Coach Flick has two great men in the middle of the field in Gundogan and Kimmich, and up front is Sané who, when he feels like it, is capable of blowing up any defensive device ».

Young people to watch?

«I mean the midfielders of Spain: Rodri, Gavi, Pedri. It’s a great showcase for them.”

What makes the difference in a World Cup? More experience or more enthusiasm?

«Without enthusiasm you won’t go anywhere. Enthusiasm and passion are the qualities that allow you to overcome difficult moments, tiredness and disappointment. In a World Cup you must have fire inside and your opponents must be afraid of getting burned if they get too close».

Which player from the past would you have liked to see in Qatar?

“Maradona. The biggest. He did things that others, those of yesterday and those of today, were not allowed to do. They couldn’t even think of them, because his ideas were lunar. With one touch he was able to change the story of an entire game. Who knows when someone like this will be born again… In the meantime, let’s enjoy the ones that are there now, and let’s get ready to experience a month of great emotions».

Sacchi: “Brazil super, but who has Argentina’s attack? Germany and France in the race”