Clarence Seedorf was irritated and confused by President Silvio Berlusconi’s criticism as Milan face Atalanta.
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“Balance is the key word after the derby. There is enthusiasm following a victory against a quality opponent, but the week had to be approached with the sole objective of doing well in Bergamo,” Seedorf said in a Press conference.
“We’re riding the wave of the derby, while Atalanta did well against Juventus and have many young players who want to prove themselves.
“My team is in good shape and aware of what is at stake. We must always maintain that psychological balance. I expect the same mentality and grit as we’ve seen in recent outings.”
Despite six wins from the last seven rounds and Europa League qualification still within reach, Seedorf’s position on the bench is extremely shaky.
President Berlusconi made matters worse by commenting the elderly people with dementia he’s doing community service with could control the Milan locker room.
“I have no comment, I have nothing to say. I didn’t understand what he meant. My focus is just on the team and the players. I could joke that it’s easy to control this group, but aside from that I didn’t understand what he was trying to say.
“I am pleased that some players declared they were close to me. It’s always pleasing, as if they say it in public then that means they believe it.
“I don’t want to talk about the President with you, I am relaxed. He praised Vincenzo Montella? You shouldn’t ask me, as he’s the one who said those things. You’ll find a brick wall asking me.
“Ask the club what they think. I cannot speak for others.”
When asked about Berlusconi's comments that Mario Balotelli should find his position in Italy, where he couldn't for Milan, Seedorf vented at the media.
"Don't ask me these questions. I know I've been working as a Coach for three months, but I've been in the football world for 22 years and I am not stupid. I have always been respectful to you and I want you to be respectful to me."
Seedorf raised further questions on his future by accepting a job with the BBC as a pundit during the World Cup.
“I can choose which games I work on, so it’ll only be a few matches. I have been collaborating with them since 2009, all Coaches and directors will be in Brazil this summer, for one reason or another.”