Saturday March 8 2014
Seedorf: 'An avoidable defeat'

Clarence Seedorf was disappointed with an “avoidable” defeat to Udinese, but still believes Milan can beat Atletico Madrid.

It is the first time this season the Rossoneri have lost two Serie A games in a row, beaten 1-0 by an Antonio Di Natale strike.

“Of course there is disappointment, we can never be happy after a defeat, especially an avoidable one,” said the Coach on Sky Sport Italia.

“I asked straight after the game for the team to focus on the next target, as if we dwell too much on this performance it will sap confidence ahead of next week’s Champions League game.

“I told the players to keep believing, as there were 20 minutes after the goal. They gave what they could and clearly there was a lack of freshness in some players who were on international duty midweek.

“We weren’t determined enough in front of goal and today encountered a good goalkeeper. We knew Udinese’s strength is pouncing on errors and going on the counter, so we should’ve made better choices in our passing and not tried to go through the middle.

“On the goal it was an impressive move and you could also see our legs were tired compared to theirs.”

Milan have lost two in a row now and failed to find the net despite having a series of attempts.

“I must continue working and said from the start this would be a long process. We certainly won’t scrap or forget the good work done so far,” added Seedorf.

“I believe it is an issue of individual reading of situations rather than a collective one, as that would be more difficult to fix. We made some changes thinking of next week. I had wanted to substitute Muntari earlier, especially as he was on a yellow card and I know with him that’s dangerous!”

Keisuke Honda made a rare start, but again struggled to make an impact.

“He must give himself the patience to get to know Italian football. I am convinced he can do very well cutting in from the right. It’s never easy when there are too many expectations, so I think the thing he needs the most is time.”

The Rossoneri now travel to Atletico Madrid, where they have to overturn a 1-0 home first leg defeat to stay in the Champions League.

“We are convinced that we can win, as we can win any football match. We all saw the first leg performance and how that could’ve gone for us.”