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Sacchi backs under-fire Allegri

Arrigo Sacchi has defended Massimiliano Allegri despite the Milan's poor start to the season, saying the club "must go forward with their coach" despite losing their opening two home games for the first time since 1930.

With reports in the Seccolo XIX newspaper naming former Inter and Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez as a possible replacement, ex-Milan coach Sacchi told Sport MediaSet: "Milan were evidently satisfied with Allegri given that they decided to keep him in the summer.

"A coach is not a magician or a wizard. He firstly must have players who are work with his project. But these days, coaches arrive at clubs and are given new signings who don't fit in with their needs.

"Milan are struggling, but over the years the club has looked to individual brilliance rather than a style of play. It is evident that letting go of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Alessandro Nesta and the rest has lowered the level of the squad.

"You can only compensate for that by working on a new game plan developed for players of less quality. Look at Pescara last season - they were the best team to watch in Italy, and it wasn't as if they had world champions in their squad."


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