5 Best Changes AC Milan Have Made Under Clarence Seedorf
Plenty of questions were raised when the inexperienced Clarence Seedorf was hired as the new coach of Milan following the dismissal of Massimiliano Allegri.
For one, the Dutchman's only time coaching a team was with Botafogo's youth setup—and even there it was a question of months, not years.
Allegri's tactics stagnated and results were far and few between. Disappointing Champions League exits and two consecutive seasons where the team started off in the worst shape since the early 1980s proved to be enough for management and fans to handle.
With Seedorf at the helm, here are the five best changes he has made so far:
With a team that has a wealth of attacking options, it's only logical that they'd switch from a 4-3-3 to a more offensive 4-2-3-1—a tactical setup that has been very successful in European competitions as well.
This type of scheme allows for three creative players behind the striker. Even though it'll take time for the players to gel, it's a step in the right direction for a team desperately trying to bring back the champagne football they're used to.
The decision to bring in the misfit Adel Taarabt from the depths of the relegation zone in the Premier League has to be praised.
Not many believed in the mercurial attacker, who has been criticized for being lazy and disruptive.
Seedorf saw something in the young Moroccan and believed he'd be an ideal fit in his new 4-2-3-1 formation.
Ever since joining the Rossoneri, Taarabt's performances have made headlines around Europe.
One of the main criticisms of the former regime was constantly switching the formation on a weekly basis. This tumultuous tactical situation never really allowed the players to get used to each other and it showed in the results.
Seedorf has said from the start that he wanted beautiful football that reminded him of the old days where Milan could field two world class XIs.
Expect this team to really take off once the coach has an entire summer to pick and choose his own players.
The fact Seedorf has so many connections on an international level can only be helpful for the club.
He speaks five languages fluently, and he has a wide range of contacts in his native Holland where he'll look to recreate the fabled youth setups of Ajax and PSV.
We've already seen Clarence rely on his compatriot Urby Emanuelson as a full-back, and it is widely expected that he'll bring in a few more young Dutch players over the summer.
A few private spats were documented between President Silvio Berlusconi and former coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Clearly, there was a difference of opinion on how the team should be deployed and which players had to start.
It seems that Seedorf has the full backing of both Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani, who hand-picked Seedorf despite him having very limited coaching experience.