CLARENCE SEEDORF has said the team should focus on the game against Livorno and not on his situation at the club.
Milan have won their last four games and can get closer to fifth place if they beat Livorno tomorrow at Stadio San Siro (and if Inter lose points) but the future of coach Clarence Seedorf was the talking point in the Italian papers this week.
The media claims that some players don’t get along with Seedorf and that ‘Dorf doesn’t have the best of relationship with Adriano Galliani – with whom he met today before training. But Clarence is only interested in getting the points on Saturday.
“After a string of very positive results the team are doing very well. We dropped a bit against Catania and we weren’t as lucid as we should have been. Tomorrow will be different. We hope to improve our game and continue getting results,” boss Seedorf, whose assistant Mauro Tassotti is rumored to be joining Tottenham with Massimiliano Allegri, told Milan Channel.
“Balotelli? Mario is turning into a complete player. We didn’t do so well against Catania but he understood the game and did everything that had to be done. Many players don’t always make the right choices but there’s a though process behind everything and it’s all part of the game. Honda? Keisuke is getting back fit and we hope to have him back next week. El Shaarawy? Cesare Prandelli did well to call on El Shaarawy. It’s important for us and for the player. We have a program that should see him play 70 minutes. Stephan will play for the Primavera tomorrow. He’s following his personalized program.”
After the interview with the Milan Channel, in which Seedorf also congratulated his former coach Carlo Ancelotti for winning the Copa del Rey with Real Madrid this week, Clarence spoke to the media in the press conference room at Milanello.
“The results are important and the good work done by the team has brought us out of a negative period. Now we want to extend our winning streak,” Seedorf commented. “We didn’t play well in the game against Catania and these are things that can happen. The team played with the right spirit though and Catania are a better team than their league position suggests. The same is true for Livorno. We’re pushing for a place in the Europa League but as sportsmen we want to go further.
“My future is uncertain? Until I get a call from Berlusconi, I’ll continue to work with the security of knowing I’m the Milan coach. The team has to be focused on the match, not on my situation. The situation on the pitch is a draw and four wins and I don’t think that would be possible without cohesion. I hope that De Sciglio will be back training fully along with Muntari. El Shaarawy and Petagna are training with the Primavera side. Honda is back running and I hope he’ll be back for next week.
“Birsa and Poli could start tomorrow (Birsa later picked up an injury and wasn’t included in the squad to face Livorno). The right back position? I’ve always used Bonera in a certain way. De Sciglio has been out two months out of three and he’s still played a lot. Abate had been out for 50 days when I arrived and then he picked up a knock against Parma as well. I consider all the players to be starters. Balotelli has scored 13 so far and is still scoring. I’m happy with how he’s been playing lately. In the second half against Catania, we didn’t manage the ball well, but there was no slow down physically.
“Fitness levels have improved but it’s clear that some players will be tired at this time of year. The important thing is to stay compact. I spoke with all the players who came back from the Italian camp and they’re all motivated, especially El Shaarawy. We need the fans behind us tomorrow. We’re on the back of two home wins and that means we’re doing well.
“Right now we’re all focused on Livorno,” concluded Seedorf. The match tomorrow kicks off at 15:00 CEO / Italian time and it’s Milan who are the hosts. Next week they are visiting Stadio Olimpico and Roma before playing Inter at San Siro.