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AC Milan were left humbled after a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Atletico Madrid on aggregate in the last 16 Champions League outing of the season. Milan came into the second leg with hope of qualifying for the quarter-finals, as they trailed the Spanish outfit by just one goal. However, things quickly turned sour after Diego Costa scored just two minutes into the second leg. Milan got one goal back through Kaka’s header, but it was not enough to prevent the club from capitulating in the second half.
Seedorf has laid the blame for this performance in the second half on the hands of former manager Massimiliano Allegri, who he thinks did not keep the fitness levels within the players at an optimum level. The club conceded two goals in the second half to give the scoreline a flattering look towards the Spanish club, but Seedorf reckons that the competition was much more even over the course of two legs. He has also said that the decision to become the manager of Milan is something that he does not regret because he is confident that the club can regain its former status pretty quickly.
Seedorf has managed just one win in the last five matches. He says that the club would have done extremely well have a qualified for the quarter-finals, which would have paid huge dividends economically.
“You could see after the second goal that the team struggled psychologically to react, as they often do. The second goal turned off the light and sapped the energy from the team. We analysed the situation together. Obviously the Champions League was an important objective for us and economically for the club. We had played well in the first leg and showed in the first half tonight we could play on a par with Atletico, but couldn’t be consistent for the whole game,” said the manager.
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Ac.Milan signed QPR’s Adel Taarabt on a loan deal which will be seeing the 24 years old player remaining with the Italian club up until the end of the current season but he has already been featured in 3 matches for the Serie A team and has already impressed everyone around him.
Taarabt scored his 1st goal for Ac.Milan when they were facing off against Napoli as the team of Clarence Seedorf suffered a 3-1 defeat. The 2nd goal that Taarabt scored in his Serie A stay was during the match against Sampdoria which was played just a few days ago.
His contributions to the team are not going unnoticed as Ac.Milan are going through one of their worst seasons in recent times and his goals have helped the squad on climbing up a few spots in the Italian league.
Seedorf praised the characteristics that Taarabt has and according to the Dutch coach, the player from QPR is able to play on all 3 positions behind the striker.
‘’I am satisfied with how he has been performing since his transfer. His versatility adds a lot to the team. He can play in all three positions behind the striker’’. Seedorf revealed.
QPR is believed to be willing on selling Adel Taarabt in the summer and if his performances continue going as strong throughout the remainder of the season there is no doubt that Ac.Milan will be interested in extending the contract of the Moroccan footballer.
Vincenzo Morabito is the agent of Taarabt and he is optimistic about Ac.Milan signing his client on a long term deal.
‘’I really think Taarabt will be purchased, even if the last word is Milan’s. Adriano Galliani should be given credit for believing in Taarabt. I expected he would do well, but his start has been amazing; I’ve been surprised especially by his physical condition, it’s really excellent. Milan will decide, but I think he’ll be bought’’ Morabito said.
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The former Netherlands international, Clarence Seedorf, has been appointed as the new manager of AC Milan. A lot of people all around the world have been stunned by this.
Seedorf had been playing professional football in the first half of the ongoing season and no one would have expected to see him managing a top team like AC Milan in the second half. He announced his retirement a couple of days back and in the same press conference; he revealed that he was going to join Milan as manager.
Milan had started this season under the guidance of Massimiliano Allegri, but, they performed pathetically in the first half of the season and as a result, the board had to give the axe to the manager. That was not surprising at all. The speculations had been made since the last few weeks about the sacking of Allegri and it happened eventually, but, what happened after that took people by surprise. Just a few hours after Allegri’s sacking, the news came through that Seedorf had hung his boots and would take over as Milan boss.
Many former Milan players has put question marks on this decision of the board and rightly so. To give charge to somebody who has no experience at all in this field and that too in such a tricky situation can’t be termed as a sensible decision.
While talking to the reporters yesterday, Marco van Basten who has been considered as a legend at Milan said, “Appointing Seedorf is a huge gamble. It’s not an ideal situation to bring in a completely new manager. He would be under pressure straight away. For me, it’s not the smartest of decisions.”
Seedorf is supposed to make his way to Milan later tonight.
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Former Inter Milan player, Mario Balotelli brushed aside all of the rumors concerning him with a move away from Serie A as Chelsea has already showed interest in signing Balotelli but the 23 years old striker is more concentrated in making appearances with Ac.Milan and get them to the top.
“I have always said that I do not watch out for the distant future,” he told Sky Italia.
“I am thinking about doing well against Genoa [at the weekend] and not about the market in either January or May. I am happy at Milan and I am happy to be here.”
The head coach of Chelsea, Jose Mourinho wants to add more attacking options for his team and Balotelli is a priority on his list alongside As.Monaco’s Falcao. Mourinho and Balotelli worked together in Inter Milan and the Portuguese tactician was a fan of the playing style of the Italian player.
Ac.Milan is going through hardship as Massimiliano Allegri cannot get positive results in Serie A and if things do not change in the next few matches, there is a big possibility that he will be sacked and replaced as the pressure keeps on building up for the former Catania coach.
Even with the recent arrival of Ricardo Kaka, Ac.Milan still struggle to get themselves into the higher spots of Serie A. Out of their 6 last matches in the league they have only won 1 match which was against Udinese back in October which sees the Italian titans sitting in the 10th spot of the Italian league.
Ever since they offloaded Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to PSG they started going on a downhill ride with none of their players being able to fill in the boots of the Brazilian defender or the Swedish forward as they failed on signing anyone up to the same caliber as them.
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