Mario Balotelli is convinced Milan can revive their season with new Coach Clarence Seedorf. “Personally I’m happy.”
The striker sat down with La Gazzetta dello Sport to discuss the dismissal of Massimiliano Allegri.
“Personally I’m happy,” he said of Seedorf’s appointment. “It is only normal that during a management change there will be some confusion, but now we have a Coach who has won it all and played football until yesterday. It’s natural you listen to him more because you’re faced with a great champion.
“Our trust in him is immediate. He has very clear ideas and is decisive, so in my view things will go well. We hope. Seedorf was one of the best players in the world, so I doubt he needs much experience to get the hang of management. He will do well.”
Balotelli was asked about his rapport with Allegri, which by the end appeared to be rather frayed.
“What did I say to Allegri? ‘Goodbye.’ We won a title with him, I consider him a good Coach and I wish him all the best for the future.
“As for Adriano Galliani, he’s the best at his job and nobody can fire him.”
Seedorf is not only starting this new chapter of his career at the top, but he is also the second black Coach in Serie A history after Fabio Liverani’s brief Genoa stint.
“It is a good step forward and in Italy these steps tend to be taken slowly,” noted Balotelli when asked what this meant for race relations.
The fact remains Seedorf takes over a Milan side that is 11th in the table and will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16.
“I doubt we could finish first or second, so the Coppa Italia is our only path to get into Europe next season.
“Does the comeback depend on me? I don’t know of any players who work on their own. Obviously I hope to help Milan climb back up, as with the team helping me and me helping the team we can get into a good position.
“Keisuke Honda is a good player and a good man, so he can give us a great deal too. He has the technique and characteristics to wear the Milan Number 10 jersey.”
Balotelli must also look beyond Milan this year to the 2014 World Cup with Italy.
“I just hope I arrive in Brazil in top form. I’ll be concentrated to the max and hope Italy go as far as possible.
“I spoke to Giuseppe Rossi after his injury and hope he comes back stronger than ever, because we need him. To cheer him up I told him if he doesn’t come to the World Cup then neither will I!”