Clarence Seedorf warned Milan that Monday’s trip to Genoa “is the most important game” of their season.
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“The team is improving and trying to push harder,” said the Coach in his Press conference.
“Milan are not accustomed to being in these positions, but seeing the situation there is an improvement.
“This is the most difficult game of the next seven and that’s how we tried to prepare for this match. The pressure is always the same, but with daily work and concentration we have been focused, especially with no midweek commitments.
“Genoa are the same side that made life extremely difficult for Juventus, so we’re expecting that performance and not the one that saw them lose to Verona last week. This is a very important tie.
“There are many teams fighting for places in Europe and we are not racing against anyone in particular. We just have to pick up as many points as possible and take it one game at a time.”
Seedorf replaced Massimiliano Allegri in January, but confessed he hasn’t been able to implement his ideas fully yet.
“The system hasn’t changed much since I arrived. Time has passed and the players got to know each other better. I am happy that now we are creating more chances, scoring more goals and starting to see a solid team.”
Riccardo Montolivo, Bryan Cristante and Ignazio Abate are available again after an injury lay-off.
“Montolivo will start with Nigel De Jong. Andrea Poli is an important player and it is possible Cristante will feature, but not from the start,” continued Seedorf.
Ricky Kaka has a clause in his contract allowing him to walk away if Milan don’t qualify for the Champions League, but will he activate it?
“He knows what the fans, the club and I think. We have great respect for him and await his word at the end of the season. Right now he wants to focus on the remaining seven games and then we’ll see.”
This week Keisuke Honda confessed he preferred to play in the middle, but is learning to adapt on the right.
“He is doing well in that position and it was just a matter of time. He’s bringing balance in the two phases, attack and defence, provided a good assist for Kaka and I think he can do better and better there.
“Honda starts from the right, but then the quality players have a way of finding each other on the field. There has to be a starting position for when the team is defending.”