CLARENCE SEEDORF has stated that Milan’s ambition is to return to the top and confirmed that Honda is ready to play.
Champions League returns for Milan next week when they entertain Atletico Madrid at San Siro but first they have to play Bologna. The Rossoblù are in 16th place in the Serie A but Milan will still have to do better than they did against Napoli.
The Rossoneri conceded three goals against the Partenopei and were dominated at the San Paolo on Saturday. Tomorrow (Friday), they’ve a chance to get back on winning ways and get their heads up before the Atletico game on Wednesday.
Emanuelson or Saponara and Honda in attack against Bologna?
Taarabt: “I want to stay for a long time, it was a dream start”
“I watched Napoli’s games leading up to the match against us and the results didn’t reflect their good form. They played well against us and deserved the win and last night against Roma they underlined how well they’re doing,” Seedorf told the Milan Channel today. “Dialogue with the players is very important and I have a certain ease in understanding how they feel.
“Adel Taarabt has only just arrived and the first few days he couldn’t really express himself in the way that he did during the match. I already knew Stephan El Shaarawy and what I said to him was said to keep him in a positive mentality. Ignazio Abate is getting back to full fitness and the Napoli game was the first match for both Michael Essien and Taarabt. That’s part of the reason why Napoli imposed their game on us. I’m working on every aspect: physical, mental, tactical and technical.
“If the team is in this kind of shape now, it means that it has been for a while. Regardless of the formation, if the players are not well physically and mentally, it’ll all come falling down.” Seedorf was the pick of Silvio Berlusconi and yesterday he had dinner with the President at Silvio’s villa in Arcore (Adriano Galliani was also present) and Seedorf talked about it as well:
“The dinner went very well as there’s a good relationship between us and a lot of desire to bring the club back to where it once was. That’s what we work on. You need time to train and what interests me is the club philosophy, our President’s philosophy, to win convincingly but always with respect for the adversary. These are words that we know of by heart, but some have yet to learn them. Whenever teams come to play us, they play the game of their lives as they know who we are.”
Seedorf later held the traditional pre-match press conference: “We haven’t even spoken about the Champions League match as all the matches we play have to contribute to improving our condition. To get to that match in good shape, we have to do well against Bologna. We’ll have to perform beyond 90%. The team wasn’t demotivated after the Napoli game.
“There’s disappointment for the result but when the adversary does better than you, you have to accept the defeat. That doesn’t take away from the fact that we have discussed how to improve certain things and I saw the right mentality to do that. If we don’t count the match against Napoli, the number of shots on target against us has been cut in half. That’s a strategy that we’ve been working on in the first three league matches and it’s comforting. Against Napoli, we had three players on the pitch who were not used to playing. Abate hadn’t played for two months and Essien and Taarabt were making their debuts.
“It’s important to concede few goals in Italy. Bologna are a team to be respected for their history and they got all three points against Torino as well. They know exactly what they want to do and they have two very good forwards and are well organized. There are no big doubts over the line-up. Silvestre is not yet 100% and Binho will be out for another 7-10 days.
“I had to play Essien against Napoli as the players have to get to know each other on the field. He’s a player that perhaps needs our help in this early phase. The original idea was to play him tomorrow but he had been showing good signs in training and so we gave him the start against Napoli. I’ve seen the statistics and we’re in line with the other teams in terms of how much we’re running. But it’s not just a question of how much you run, but how well you run,” continued the Dutchman.
“The team has to grow under all points of view, even athletically. I want to respect Allegri and not pass the blame to him. When you’re running to catch up, you struggle more mentally and physically. At the end of the 2007 season we were really exhausted. We have work to do both mentally and physically. Everyone wants to win, we want to be convincing in what we do and play a positive game. I’m happy with the atmosphere and the determination in everyone’s eyes and I’m optimistic about the growth of the team. I had dinner with Berlusconi the other night and we talked about the club and the future.
“There’s a lot of desire to bring the club higher but I won’t reveal what was said as it was a private dinner. Keisuke Honda? We have to be patient with Honda as many talented players in Italy needed time. Italy’s very different to Russia and we’ve seen with the Japanese side what he’s capable of. He’s working hard and working well. Bit by bit, he’ll get more effective.
“He’s ready and the fever is behind him. Poli can play almost anywhere so there’s a good chance he’ll find some space. He does well at both ends of the pitch. He’s found match time hard to come by recently but he’s very motivated and we speak every day as I don’t want his head to drop. He’ll be an important player for us. Balotelli has an enormous talent and we all hope he’ll become a great champion. He has a lot of desire and sooner or later, it’ll happen. Now he’s more serene.
“What happened to Balotelli in Naples is normal as he’s a human being. The line-up for tomorrow? Abate, Taarabt and Essien could be on the pitch together. We only have two strikers available and while Giampaolo Pazzini could play with Balotelli, that would leave me no options on the bench. There’s also Petagna but we can’t give him too much responsibility.
“Kakà is a great professional. He didn’t come here just to get back in the national side, he wants to make the difference for this team. The Brazilian coach holds him in high esteem and he has a good chance of making the team. Agianst Napoli, he pushed out wide a few times and he has that freedom to move on the pitch. Our three trequartisti have the liberty to swap positions and roam around behind the striker. Will De Sciglio be rested tomorrow? It depends on how he’s feeling, but I don’t think that he will be rested. Emanuelson should be ready for Atletico. Bonera is doubtful, and we have to evaluate his condition. If Montolivo will be on the bench tomorrow? No. I wanted to let Essien and De Jong play against Napoli.”
Serginho has come to Milanello on Thursday to see Seedorf and watch the team train. Milan’s opponents in the UEFA Champions League, Atletico, who have lost their last three games in all competitions, have a match against Valladolid.
I was very young and had little knowledge on football when Serginho played for Milan.But i do remember some flashes of his quick runs on the flanks,terrific crosses and incredible assists.What a great Milan Legend!
On another note; Urby should be ready for the Atletico game??Really?If he plays,Atletico will use his side of the pitch to stage deadly attacks.Of all our weak defense,he’s the most vulnerable.
Oh did i mention,he topples off the ball easily when opponents exert pressure on him?
I’d play constant ahead of Urby any day of the week.
wow… constant??? he is even worse than bonera
No way dude, nobody can top Bonera at failing, Constant atleast dares to do some dribbling and use some of his dribbling skills. Bonera can’t even pass properly, let alone positioning, running fast and expressing monster attidude. From all our defenders only Rami is the only one who is able to scare his opponent with some aggressivity (like Dante and Ramos).
Constant dares to do it, but fails most of the time, loses possession in our own half and is the reason for most counter attacks whenever he plays. Honestly, neither Urby or Constant are Milan quality, maybe Urby is okay as back-up, but he’s no way a starter.
Seedorf always has a lot to say and I like it. He has clear ideas
Nice to hear Serginho cane fir a visit. Seedorf needs to stop playing favourites with some players such as Emmanuelson. Also noticed he didn’t mention Cristante or Saponara once. Youth policy? Yeah right. Ok cristante is injured but what about Saponara??? Or is giving a 22 year old promising trequartista a starting role “too much responsibility”??? Come on Seedorf, if you are truly serious about bringing Milan back to the top you need to bench has been players (if only to send a message to management to stop bringing in junk wether on a free or not) and start playing… Read more »
Just watched this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2evhC89YPZI
What a game… Leo wasn’t my favorite of coaches but ahh the memories…
thankyou for the video. love it.
not because of leos ability as a coach but he’s one of my favorite in the game and I missed him bunch…! and paolo too.
´Who said bonera s better than constant?u d better wake up.and why are u guyz complaining abt emmanuelson? Get a life mhen this guy haz really improved.good luck to us in the league and the champions league..Shoutout to serginho a great milan legend…..forza milan!!
In d name of d most igod milan will continue winin all dia march as frm now on.amen
@ dejan10, it is really sad to see we do not have that kind of talents in our squad any more. Dino was pulling the strings and Pato run like a horse, dribble and shot… daxn hell.. I miss the boy Pato.
I was so happy when we signed both Ronnie and Pato and they were incredible those first couple of years but of course that was before a certain someone became coach…
in complete confusion from the first till the last minute. Apart from Taarabt, all the other players looked confused. The confusion was evident – both defensively and offensively. The high pressing that Seedorf wants was completely lacking. It’s diffuclt to do high pressing when you have Balotelli who doesn’t move, Robinho who doesn’t tackle and it was Taarabt’s first match. It’s absolutely crucial that this Milan team plays with three midfielders. It’s understandable that the coach needs time, but you still need to get points.” “Montolivo should have played next to De Jong instead of Essien. Essien is more of a… Read more »
7 out of 12 is fair enough for me for a coach that’s about a month on the job.
Napoli roasted Roma. I dont understand this the team is in transition. When you play catch-up you waste a lot of energy.
There is room for improvement we all want that, why dont we give the players and Coach time to make this improvement.
i dont like questioning others opinion but com on fellers its not marios fault that milan are not buying top players to help him out. you expecting a 23 yr old to do a maradona?? I’m not sure mario is asking for milan to build the team around him, so milan is free to bring better players. the guy got attitude which I damn but please let’s credit him for his talent.
Dude, i couldn’t help but notice you went off ranting without taking a breather to think through what you were typing. I’m like,really?!?! Balotelli not world-class?!?! What other players are world-class in Milan?With the exception of Honda….who else? lol Balotelli does a lot of movement if you don’t know.In a situation where our attack is completely impotent,lacking ideas in an opponents half….He dribbles to find space for other Milan players.And even sometimes drops deep to collect the ball to initiate the attack.So your point about him not moving is pretty moot. Yeah genius…lets take the words of Boban to be… Read more »
Emanuelson,Constant,Bonera they are all terrible.
Seedorf,what do you mean we work on ? What does that mean? Until I see new players,and a president that will invest ONCE IN 10 YEARS,I won’t believe a word.
Ballo.pazzini.mexes rami zapata.monty de jong kaka.robinho honda.abbiati are all world class players
Seeding:::=:::: Leonardo !!!!