Tag Archives: Clarence Seedorf

Milan v Inter Post-Match Comments

Mazzarri didn’t want to give anything away in his press conference. He wouldn’t give a probable lineup, in part he says, because Seedorf didn’t give anything away the day before.  But Seedorf did give out some information, and it actually turned out to be a key piece – Andrea Poli was looking likely to start.

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Roma v Milan Post-Match Comments

Now things get interesting. The meltdown at Milan behind the scenes is nearing it’s pinnacle, and with 3 matches left in the season and the derby next, pressure will only increase as the quest for the Europa League continues. Add cameras and this would be Italy’s next hit reality show.

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Milan v Livorno Post-Match Comments

Not a good precedent, but if you undermine the previous manager, and make changes calling them tactics… then you get a new manager.. and one who played in the great years here, and then change his lineups, there’s a lot more going on than what’s being said.  Because then, it’s not entirely about winning and losing, because if it was, Clarence Seedorf wouldn’t be in jeopardy. How many clubs would reportedly have their manager near the chopping block after five straight? Milan, that’s who.

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Genoa v Milan Post-Match Comments

Disclaimer: I only saw the second half of Genoa v Milan. As such, I’d like to discuss one of Seedorf’s tactical ideas, and that’s the functionality of the front three midfielders: Taarabt, Kaka and Honda. Multiple competitions and limited fitness coupled with typical Milan injury policy have forced rotations, but it seems fairly clear that this is Seedorf’s preferred trio. The only regular break of those is Andrea Poli, who offers the side a more balanced look, and many of the better performances have not coincidentally included Poli in the midfield 5 in some role.

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Fiorentina v Milan Post-Match Comments

Of late, I’ve discussed less and less tactical matters and more context of Milan’s current situations. But seeing as how this is Milan’s first win over a top 6 side in the Seedorf era (and what ought to be the Seedorf era continuing through the summer), I’d like to explain the match itself before delving into the context.
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Sampdoria v Milan Post-Match Comments

The Seedorf era has unequivocally begun at Milan, and the performance against Sampdoria confirmed this. Seedorf changed 9 players from the Starting XI midweek, but for the first time in many seasons, despite the rotated squad, the replacements had the same ideas and approach that the midweek side did. Put another way, they had a shared goal, an underlying philosophy, and they’ve taken steps forward towards making that into their method of play.

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Milan v Atletico Post-Match Comments

I’m not going to recap the match today, it was a fairly straightforward affair which exposed Milan’s shortcomings while also showing the progress made by Seedorf in several areas.

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Dai Dai Dai: An Existential Cleansing

I know management never ends well, but does sacking a manager usually feel this way? Allegri’s tenure at Milan has been aging into a senile old man that just yells at the television camera and gets confused when there are too many things going on in the room at one time. He came in this young coach, untested yes, but with a fair bit of optimism. Maybe it was just the Zlatan talking and Allegri was more than happy to ride the wave, but come January/February the first problems appeared. Young coach, he’ll figure it out, he got the benefit of the doubt. He erred again, and again, and let’s be honest many times in many arenas.

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