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Saturday March 22 2014
Seedorf: No two-game ultimatum

Clarence Seedorf says he has not been told he only has the next two games to turn around Milan’s fortune, as he reiterates his self-confidence.

The 37-year-old yesterday evening met with Vice-President Adriano Galliani, with reports indicating that it was made clear that the Coach needs to show signs of improvement against Lazio tomorrow and Fiorentina in midweek, or risk the chop, after only two months on the bench.

“I have asked for this meeting, it was constructive and I asked the club to stay close to me and the team. It was a positive meeting,” reiterated Seedorf to reporters at today’s Press conference.

“Many things have been written, Galliani and I have known each other for many years. We always find agreement, I really respect his role and I think his experience is vital for the club.

“When I began this new role at Milan I asked to have at my side Galliani.

“I always give 100 per cent, I am sure I can achieve something important as a Coach. The commitment I have to Milan will bear fruit, I am convinced of this.

“I know now that the situation is delicate and complicated, but I am focused on the team, the opponent and the results that we are after.

“What needs to change? I have been here two months and every day I have tried to do something different, I always want to improve.

“Some improvement has already been seen, whilst it is right that we always talk about the results and in this sense things are not going well.

“No-one at the club has told me that the next two games are crucial for my future…

“I feel the dressing room is with me 100 per cent. I read of a few things, but I see a team that is committed and wants to do well.

“I feel responsible for what has happened since my arrival, but not what happened before.”

The Rossoneri face Lazio on Sunday evening, in their first appearance after last week’s 4-2 home loss to Parma.

“It would have been better perhaps to play right away. Exercising for a whole week is important, we have had a good week of work.

“I have seen a great reaction from the team, we hope to see that tomorrow. We want to get a positive result, which can be achieved through a positive performance.

“It takes courage and intensity to try and get a result, even as we know we will face a team that is tough to deal with.

“Every game can be a turning point, if we won against Juve we would not now be here talking about these things.”

The first item on the agenda at today’s conference was a question on Seedorf’s decision as a player in November 2007 not to wear a black armband to mark the death of Lazio fan Gabriele Sandri, shot by a policeman.

Today Gabriele’s brother Cristiano has once more been critical of the former midfielder’s actions.

“I’ve heard a few things about the death of Gabriele Sandri and I wanted to clarify the situation - that day I did not wear the armband because I did not know what had happened.

“It was not a gesture against anyone. I have really wanted to explain this to his family.”

Meanwhile, Milan Channel believe Seedorf will line up his starting XI as follows: Amelia; De Sciglio, Rami, Bonera, Constant; De Jong, Muntari; Taarabt, Poli, Kaka; Balotelli.

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