Monday March 3 2014
‘Seedorf has changed our mentality’

Urby Emanuelson has revealed how Clarence Seedorf has changed things at Milan and commented on the belief in European qualification.

The Rossoneri replaced Max Allegri with the Dutch tactician in January and have since seen an upturn in form.

Whilst Milan were defeated on Sunday night at home to Juventus, their performance was well received and is seen as the latest example of a rejuvenated spirit.

For their returned full-back, the change under Seedorf has been at a psychological level.

“He has changed a little the mentality of the group,” explained Emanuelson to today.

“The Coach has asked us to help each other, to trust in ourselves and to give everything on the field, as if we were always playing a final.”

Il Diavolo sit 10th in the table and a handful of points behind those in the Europa League qualification places, whilst progression in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid hangs in the balance.

“I think that at this moment, third is a difficult goal, but Europe is still within reach, because we are not

very far away from the Europa League qualification places.

“I believe that it is possible to make a comeback like we did last year - we must think game by game and play to the fullest, as the Coach asks of us, then we’ll see…

“The Last 16 clash with Atletico Madrid? I think we can beat them, because we played very well at San Siro and we were a bit unlucky with the woodwork, with Kaka first and then Poli.

“The 0-1 result is not a fair reflection and we can reverse it in Madrid - just play as we did in Milan and have close attention - that’s the recipe.”

Emanuelson was asked for his view on loan signing Adel Taarabt.

“I have seen him play before, as an opponent last year in the Premier League and I assure you that last year he seemed very strong!

“He was really the star at QPR because he is an unpredictable player who can beat his man, provide an assist at any moment of a game.

“I guess that he has the makings of a champion and he can do really well here at Milan, also because he is one who believes in himself and plays without fear.”

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