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Sunday March 16 2014
It wasn't me!

Football is no longer the main sport at Milan, as Susy Campanale notes it is now Passing the Buck.

I blame President Silvio Berlusconi. He blames Massimiliano Allegri. The fans blame Adriano Galliani and Mario Balotelli. They blame injuries, for which the media blame Milan Lab. Clarence Seedorf, naturally, agrees with his President in all matters, so we’re back to Allegri again.

It’s not remotely surprising that the Seedorf bubble burst so quickly, as bringing in a Coach with no management experience midway through a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League campaign was never really going to end well. However, the way he has handled the downward trajectory is utterly disconcerting. Like the master of this mind trick Berlusconi, Seedorf has embraced every opportunity to take the credit and passed the buck of blame over to Allegri when things went sour.

“The team struggled psychologically to react, as they often do. This moment of difficulty lasted so long that it affected the team. They can react once, but after a second blow they can’t get back on their feet,” said Seedorf after the 4-1 Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid. “I am not responsible for the situation that was created. I am here to improve the situation,” added the Coach ahead of a very difficult game with sixth-placed Parma. In just over a month the Dutchman has gone from self-proclaimed ‘anti-virus’ to cup of hot tea with lemon.

Now the Curva Sud will hold a protest with banners demanding the heads of Galliani and Balotelli. Perhaps they were inspired by the Lazio ultras and their ability to make a bad situation much worse. They complain that Balotelli doesn’t give 100 per cent, that he is petulant, lazy and obsessed with off the field antics. It’s not as if any of this was news when Milan signed him. As for those still insisting he is young and needs to grow up, let’s not forget Antonio Cassano is still pulling these stunts and he’s over 30.

Milan have fundamental problems and they are not going to be fixed by changing the Coach or a couple of players. They need to plan out an actual team and not just a collection of ageing figures they managed to get cheap who then have to be shoved into a starting XI with no logical form. The club has to revamp its medical staff and fitness trainers, because it has been too many years now with endless injuries that defy explanation.

Above all, everyone must step up and take on their fair share of the responsibility rather than following Berlusconi’s lead by taking the credit when things go right and passing the buck when it turns bad. Balotelli isn’t the only one who needs to grow up.

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Have your say...
It's completely true what he said about the team being damaged from being as they were for so long...and he said it very politely I think.
I watched one of his first training session on YouTube where they were doing some circuit passing type excercise. And he stopped the excercise a few times to explain to the players how when they receive the ball, their first touch should not just be just to stop the ball but to also open them to alternatives in terms of passing... And you had players like...
on the 16th March, 2014 at 5:29am
Only an idiot would think that a dude who doesn't even have his managerial license would return the glory ( or even rescue Milan).

His playing experience aside, Seedorf and any other ordinary dude out there got the same knowledge about Football. It's a joke of a situation. He's used as scapegoat and he doesn't even know it!
on the 16th March, 2014 at 2:49am
Wasn't this the same person that was talking about the Milan rejuvenation that was well under way with Seedorf? Have we changed out minds so fast? Maybe this person is over-reacting as a fan and not as some sort of journo.

Either way, it would be nice to have an article that didn't bend over for BBilan or RuBe. Or is that all there is to talk about in Serie A according to F-I?
on the 16th March, 2014 at 2:15am
what is the saying victory has a 1000 fathers but defeat is like a orphan, it is just human nature to distant yourself from failure. In any case even if all parties concerned admit their failures it not like anything will change significantly come berlusconi has been pumping money into milan party boat for 2 decades can you really expect him to stump up more. To be honest without berlusconi money nothing much will change for the better despite the delusion of all saving barca like youth academy.
on the 16th March, 2014 at 2:07am
Great article. I completely agree. Quite frankly I think the fans need to show more respect for Balo. We wouldnt have been in the CL this year without his goals in the second half of last season. He's scored 22 in 32 games for Milan and the fans are blaming him for all the teams woes. It's absolutely ridiculous. As for Seedorf blaming everyone else for his shortcomings as manager it does not exactly fill me with confidence. Can we at least have a manager who takes responsibility?
on the 16th March, 2014 at 1:44am

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