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Big Challenge For Seedorf

Clarence Seedorf held his debut Press conference as Milan Coach and pledged to “rediscover enthusiasm, joy and fun in playing football.”

The Dutchman arrived this week to replace Massimiliano Allegri and begins his career against Verona at San Siro on Sunday.

“I’m very happy to be back home. I want to work and transmit some of my enthusiasm to the players, which I think is fundamental for players,” he said.

“These were also my first words, to rediscover the enthusiasm, joy and fun in playing football, training and doing this job.

“I believe difficult moments must be analysed, but above all with the thought of how to resolve those issues, without losing sight of your abilities. This team has certainly not expressed its true value, but these things can happen.

“At such an important club, there are no doubts the situation will return to what it was. It’s all about how you work, with enthusiasm, optimism and the desire to do what we all enjoy – which is to play football, bring fans to the stadium and be convinced of our style.

“It is easier to get a result when you play good football, so that is fundamental. I’ve seen many of the Milan games so far and am convinced they deserve more points than they currently have.”

Seedorf was asked what his initial target would be in improving Milan’s Serie A standing, as they are only in 11th place.

“We know the table is an ugly thing to look at in these situations, so we’ll try to avoid that for the moment. The important thing is to get back that team spirit, as for a while the situation has been delicate.

“I am pleased to see nobody is blaming anyone else, so this is a united squad. When you enjoy your football the legs feel lighter, the mind is clearer and that is something we can work on immediately, whereas tactics take more time.

“I trust the support of our fans will as always be the 12th Man, who I knew throughout my career and I’ve already seen over the last few days. I’m convinced the fans will give the energy the team needs and that the players will respond in kind to take Milan back to where they belong.”