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Saturday April 12 2014
Seedorf: 'Fans can help Milan'

Clarence Seedorf asked fans to help push Milan forward against Catania, but is without several stars.

The Rossoneri host bottom of the table Catania on Sunday evening at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for a match preview.

They are without Stephan El Shaarawy, Mattia De Sciglio, Marco Amelia, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Andrea Petagna and Keisuke Honda, who has a sprained ankle.

“The fans are intelligent and they must push the team even more psychologically. We cannot think of slowing down and instead want to increase our momentum,” said the Coach in his Press conference.

“We have two home games, starting tomorrow with a Catania side that never gives up. It is important that our motivation is always stronger than that of our opponents.

“I am thinking of Andrea Poli and Walter Birsa to replace Honda, but there is also Robinho. Things will become clearer after today’s session,” continued Seedorf.

“I have a long way to go before I can define what my idea of football is, but I’m trying to get the best out of each individual player. From next season it will be different.”

Yet Milan might not even qualify for the Europa League if their current Serie A form doesn’t improve drastically.

“We must focus on giving our all, which means trying to win. We have six rounds left and want to win them all. It doesn’t just depend on us, so that’s all we can do.”

Mario Balotelli should be back in the starting XI after suffering from flu symptoms last week.

“He is showing continual improvement, both on and off the field. His behaviour towards referees is exemplary. That’s his job and we are only there to help.”

El Shaarawy was name in Cesare Prandelli’s list of 42 players going into Coverciano for fitness tests ahead of the World Cup call.

“I haven’t spoken to Prandelli. I don’t think El Shaarawy will play 45 minutes with the youth team today, as he doesn’t have it in his legs yet.”

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