Clarence Seedorf maintains Milan’s performance against Juventus can only boost confidence, despite losing 2-0.
“This is the result, but I’d say it was a very good performance. We knew that we were facing a great side, but we imposed our tempo on the game and eliminated their strengths as much as possible,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.
“Juve were able to sit back even more in the second half after taking the lead, but I am impressed with the growth of the team.
“I helped the players to find their courage. We said before the game, this was another opportunity to prove to ourselves we are on the right track and can play well against Atletico Madrid, Juventus and a good Sampdoria. That gives us confidence to continue the work.”
Juventus are now 11 points clear at the top of the table, even if Roma have a game in hand.
“Who can stop them? A tank! Compliments must always be given to a team that has shown its strength throughout the campaign. Tevez made the difference with two moments and showed he is world class.
“We had many chances, were unable to turn them into goals and as we saw tonight that can prove costly.
“The two goals can be read in certain ways and we could’ve blocked Lichtsteiner’s run, while on the second if Emanuelson had closed down then Tevez wouldn’t have had so much space. However, when you get a shot like that – and I’ve had a few of those in my career – you can only sit back and applaud a fantastic goal.
“We too have very talented players, for example Kaka, who can make the difference the way Tevez does. I think what really makes the difference is the confidence and structure behind the scenes, as they can ride any difficult moment knowing they’ve won two titles in a row and we do not have that situation.
“We have seen our spirit grow in the last few games, keeping up with Juventus in terms of tempo and determination too. Of course you need to take your chances to control games, but the team is getting there.”
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