Sunday January 26 2014
Seedorf: 'Milan mental strength'

Clarence Seedorf was glad to see Milan “rediscovered their mental strength and courage” to come back in Cagliari.

They had been training 1-0 in Sardinia, but Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini scored twice in the last three minutes for a 2-1 victory.

“I am very, very happy for the lads, as it was important for morale to get a victory this way,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We should’ve scored at least once in the first half and being behind brought out our team spirit. That spirit is the base for everything else.

“Balotelli did very well helping out in defence and everyone fought hard. They all tried to do what we prepared in training and then we created a great deal in attack. It wasn’t always pretty, but with such a strong wind factor in the stadium it wasn’t easy.

“We held on until the end and maintained our belief, which really pleases me and is important for the next games.

“When the opposition keeps the pressing on constantly, it is normal to be more dangerous on the counter-attack. I don’t think it’s just Milan who does that at the moment.

“We are working on improving matters, but the most important thing was to rediscover mental strength and courage, which we saw today.”

Seedorf was asked whether Milan will invest to get back to the top, but he shrugged off the question.

“The club is clearly in a transitional period and everything will be evaluated, but out of respect for the players we have now we ought to talk only about them. We need to look at what we have and get the best out of that group.”