Arrigo Sacchi compared Inter’s 1-0 victory away to Juventus in Serie A on Sunday evening to a football match from the 1960s.
The decade was known for the greater utilisation of defensive tactics, especially in Italy with the rise of catenaccio, and the former AC Milan and Italy coach lamented the lack of a clear attacking plan from Bianconeri coach Massimiliano Allegri and his Nerazzurri counterpart Simone Inzaghi.
“I saw a battle, in which, however, there was only speculation,” Sacchi told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I am sorry and at times I thought it was a game from the ’60s.
“The Bianconeri paid for the defeat against Villarreal because those blows wear you down in the long run, while the Nerazzurri went haywire in the derby and are now trying to find each other again.
“They need to understand that by playing well, there are more chances of being able to win.
“Allegri and Inzaghi are two great coaches, but they are waiting for the mistake of the opponent or the exploit of a single player who can perhaps resolve the match for them.”