Sabatini Talks Conte, Mourinho, and Next Milan Coach

Former Salernitana, Inter, and Roma director Walter Sabatini weighed in on the season, and a few Serie A coaches in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We live to make people happy, and Napoli are doing just that. Luciano Spalletti managed to pull off an extraordinary feat. My regret is that we didn’t manage to do the same with Roma. Our team wasn’t as strong as the Azzurri, but we marched at a fast pace for a long time.”

Stefano Pioli is on the hot seat at Milan, and Sabatini suggested who might replace him.

“I’d be glad to see Luis Enrique back in Serie A. He has grown a lot, and he’s on par with the great coaches now. If they changed their gaffer, I’m pretty sure director Frederic Massara would consider him given how well he knows him.”

The exec dished on Antonio Conte, who could soon get the ax after a fiery tirade against the Tottenham players.

“That’s his nature. When he’s not getting results, he doesn’t philosophize; he gets angry. He’ll leave, and I think he’ll come back to Italy next year.”

Sabatini closed with some remarks about José Mourinho.

“I don’t like his speculative style of football. However, he always makes the squad buy into his project. You always know what kind of game Roma are going to have. They never go down without a fight. Despite a one-man disadvantage, the Derby would have ended nil-nil if Felipe Anderson and Mattia Zaccagni didn’t come up with two great plays. It would be a major achievement to finish fourth. The roster doesn’t measure up and is creaky in many roles. Paulo Dybala is the only star.”

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