Clarence Seedorf has assured that there is no tension with Adriano Galliani, as he outlines his commitment to turning Milan’s situation around.
Vice-President Galliani is accompanying the 37-year-old and the squad this week on away trips to Lazio and Fiorentina, during a period of crisis for the club.
Whilst Barbara Berlusconi confirmed this week that Seedorf’s appointment as Coach was down to Silvio Berlusconi, the Dutchman insists it doesn’t make his situation with Galliani awkward.
“There was never any tension between us, the communication between us has always been there and we move forward to do good for Milan,” began Seedorf to reporters today.
“How am I taking my situation? I will respond philosophically…I have a philosophy of like that allows me to live moments of stress and difficulty with balance.
“I’m glad I have not read or heard certain things, I am a human being, but I have build my life with these issue and have always been successful.
“I get up early, do eight hours a day at Milanello to better prepare to the team and to bring home the results.
“There will never be anything lacking in my commitment, but now we are looking for results.”
Mario Balotelli was dropped for the weekend draw at Lazio, whilst attention is on Seedorf’s particular approach with him.
“From the first day I have tried to understand the needs of all. With Mario I have done the same thing, when he goes into the field I am very demanding because he has a lot of potential.
“He is a point of reference for the media, but there are not differences in my approach, even though the methods vary from person to person. Like with everyone I engage him in training.”
Seedorf was talking ahead of the team’s trip up to Florence, following on from a weekend draw at Lazio, which ended a four-game losing streak in all competitions.
“It was a positive result to follow a performance of substance. It was the reaction that we wanted and that we will need against Fiorentina tomorrow.
“A lack of chances created though? Against Lazio we had few chances, but we also gave away very little. In football, just a goal can win a game.
“Fiorentina have a way of playing that everyone likes, they have great players in attack. They are a squad that deserves great respect.
“Taarabt? No-one is ever set aside. Taarabt has been out for the choices I have made. He has had a great start, but we cannot expect him to be a saviour. We have a lot of quality forwards and no-one is put aside.
“Tomorrow he could return to the starting line-up. I’ve already made some changes, even against Lazio I made some changes.
“I am just trying to bring home the results. The formation for me is not sacred, my philosophy, how I see football, that is sacred. This fits into any formation. Kaka in Rome had a more central role, then in football you have to take advantage of the space that the opposing team leaves, and this was on the right [against Lazio].
“In Florence we won’t make many changes, they will have to be accurate because some players are not available. Having come back against Parma when down to 10 men was a good sign. The team is better.”
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