Wednesday March 26 2014
Seedorf saw Balotelli intensity

Clarence Seedorf praised Mario Balotelli for his attitude against Fiorentina and blasted Milan critics for “spreading falsehoods.”

The Coach spoke to Sky Sport Italia after a 2-0 victory in Florence, which put the recent crisis behind them.

“It was a wonderful victory, because the team really did well over the last few days to react with two positive results.

“Considering the performance, the three points were deserved, as we won against a great team that plays wonderful football.

“We were a little more motivated and I saw that hunger to win in my players. It was a win for Milan and all the Milanisti. We dedicate it to one Milanista in particular, as Milan Channel journalist Claudio Lippi left us a year ago.”

Balotelli returned to the starting XI and his free kick was parried into the path of Philippe Mexes for the opener, then he curled in his own set play.

“The lads respected Fiorentina’s strength and possession football, so it was important to remain united and hit them with pace.

“A centre-forward has to work going forward and back, so when his team goes too deep he needs to spread it wide to help the others come up.

“I asked Mario for intensity and in that sense he had a great game in both phases. We already knew he had talent and could take free kicks like that, but I was most impressed by his consistency and intensity tonight.”

Seedorf took the opportunity to snap at the media, who had claimed he was already on the verge of dismissal.

“Many false things were said. I am open to criticism as long as it is constructive, but what I see here is the intention to create controversy by spreading falsehoods disguised as fact.

“The people who wrote certain things have to deal with their own conscience, because mine is clear. I tried to keep the players focused on the game, but it was impossible not to be aware of what was being said outside.”

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