Clarence Seedorf warns Milan not to underestimate Gian Piero Gasperini's Inter in today's Italian Super Cup. “He caused us problems in the past.”
The two teams come face to face in Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium, kick-off at 13.00 UK time, for the first official trophy of the campaign.
“It will be more important for us to start strong psychologically. Inter could start with a three-man defence, then maybe move to four,” noted the veteran midfielder.
“We know that we're facing a great side with a Coach who has caused us problems in the past. It will be an even match and we are prepared for the challenge.”
Traditionally the Scudetto winners are the favourites in this match against the Coppa Italia holders, while the fact Inter have a new Coach and are missing many of their South American stars also leans the odds towards Milan.
However, Seedorf is not fooled by the change in tactics for his rivals.
“Wesley Sneijder can play in any midfield role. At Ajax we are taught to play absolutely anywhere,” said his fellow Dutchman.
“Inter did well for four years, while before that it was the Juventus era. Now we hope it will be the time for Milan. I've been here for 10 years and had a lot of fun, winning many trophies, so I hope to continue like that.”
Rossoneri Coach Max Allegri admitted he is unsure which striker to use as a partner for Zlatan Ibrahimovic today.
Antonio Cassano seems fairly low on the list, fuelling reports he could leave this summer.
“New players get some very important support here at Milan from the club, the squad and the staff,” explained Seedorf.
“Cassano brings with him some fairly hefty baggage that everyone on the outside is ready to judge. Inevitably, this means he isn't so calm, but we are trying to help him. He is improving his condition.
“Would I be surprised if he left Milan this summer? At the moment that's not a real issue. In football nothing is impossible, but I hope he and Milan will make the right decision for all parties.”