AC Milan: 5 Complaints About the Clarence Seedorf Era
While the coach was praised right away for his tactical change and willingness to play aesthetically pleasing football, it has all gone downhill as Milan have been knocked out of the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, while a European berth is virtually out of the question.
Here are five criticisms of the Clarence Seedorf era.
Team Practices Only Held in Afternoon
Under Clarence Seedorf, Milan practices are held during the afternoon hours.
This can cause a problem when you have a team full of young players who live in a city noted for its vibrant nightlife.
While many teams around Europe hold their team practices in the morning, Seedorf has opted to go for a later time—a decision which hasn't been taken too well, according to La Gazzetta.
Each Sector Gets a Pregame Speech
Instead of holding a single pregame team talk, Seedorf separates the defense, midfield and attack, and each of them are given individual instructions.
This has been another issue with the way Seedorf runs things.
It's a decision that could alter the fluidity of the link-up play between each of the positional lines, and it's no surprise that Milan's possession football often ends in a disappointing giveaway, which spurns a dangerous counter.
Even though it's expected that Seedorf will improve as time goes on, he might not get his chance to work with a side that matches his philosophy.
His main fault at the moment is his inexperience, as was on clear display during the away fixture at Napoli, where Milan decided to play a high line with sloppy passing against one of the best attacking teams in Italy.
On top of that, an embarrassing outing against Atletico Madrid and a sad Coppa Italia exit means the Rossoneri players will likely watch European action from the comfort of their living rooms next season.
Balotelli Getting Preferential Treatment?
According to the same article in La Gazzetta, some of the players are not impressed by the preferential treatment given to Mario Balotelli by the coach.
What goes on behind closed doors is anyone's guess, but at the moment, Mario Balotelli has been wildly inconsistent and disappointing in the most important matches.
He was anonymous in the second leg against Atletico Madrid when his team needed him most. What's more, his nonchalant displays are doubled by the fact that his work-rate lacks when the team need help covering the 4-2-3-1.
Players out of Position
The last criticism about the Clarence Seedorf era is the amount of players currently playing out of position.
Ignazio Abate was tried as a right-sided attacking midfielder against Napoli.
Noted for his skill in the middle of the park, Keisuke Honda has constantly been deployed on the right wing, where he is rendered ineffective.
Riccardo Montolivo has been played as a defensive midfielder and an attacking one.
Andrea Poli has been tried in virtually every position, as a full-back and a playmaker.
Clarence Seedorf still needs to decipher how to best deploy his squad in a formation they're not used to playing.