Clarence Seedorf practically confessed he’d be happy if Milan didn’t enter the Europa League, but “it’s a business strategy.”
The Coach spoke to Sky Sport Italia after a 2-1 victory at Marassi, their third on the bounce.
“I am certainly happy with the performance of the team, which was able to battle against a Genoa side that proved it had heart. Genoa really pushed hard, so to win here was a great result. Adel Taarabt had a good performance, but so did everyone.
“I am very happy for Keisuke Honda. It was an important moment, as he broke his duck and we scored in a particular moment of the game when Genoa were pushing very hard indeed.
“Choosing the first pass when we get the ball back is an aspect we have discussed regularly, including at half-time this evening. The idea is to move the opponents around by spreading it left to right and not just vertical passes.
“We have to improve on how we read the game, above all the midfielders when they start the moves.”
Milan are out of the running for the Champions League and in joint 10th place with Torino, but could still snatch a top six finish. Click here for the Serie A table.
“The Europa League is closer, but there are many teams fighting for those positions and closer to the target, so we’ll keep going and see what happens.”
However, when Seedorf was asked whether it was really worth the bother to enter the Europa League and start training a month early, he confessed this wasn’t a football issue.
“We must be very practical and pragmatic here. The club has set an objective and we will all try to achieve it. At the end of the season, whether we achieve it or not, we will prepare for the new season.
“There is a commercial aspect that goes beyond what is on the field and Mr Galliani was very clear on that. It is a business strategy, so you’d be better off asking Galliani!”
“We had to change a huge amount since I arrived, for one reason or another. We’ve rediscovered Philippe Mexes, who is growing game by game, and Christian Abbiati was again decisive. We need to bring more consistency to our defence.
“I am interested to reach the end of the season with as many points as possible. This is not a situation worthy of Milan, so we’ll continue working to improve and keep our feet on the ground.”
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