AC Milan’s newly appointed coach Clarence Seedorf has said that Milan cannot look at Napoli as ‘an examination’, but admits the weekend meeting is very important for his side.
The Rossoneri travel to San Paolo on Saturday for the Week 23 fixture and Seedorf is aware of the importance of his first big tet Milan boss.
“Tomorrow we face a great team,” Seedorf said to reporters today.
“Their moment of difficulty is based on recent results. But they are good, they have strong players. I expect to face a team in good shape.
“I do not think that the game is an examination for us though, our goal is to grow. Before you take an examination, you need many hours of study, and we have had few.
“This game is important for us, against a strong team, despite recent results.
“It’s a good time to see where we are, we will do everything to win. This will always be our mentality, whilst always with respect to the strength of this team.
Napoli are six points behind Roma in third, and currently are out of form. They are winless in their last three games in the league, coming off a 3-0 loss to Atalanta, and they have conceded six goals in their past two games in all competitions.
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Seedorf is full of respect of Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez. He said: “Benitez? He is a football great, he has travelled and has worked in several countries. He is an educated man, for this I expect to see a Napoli at their best. Precisely because of his experience that he has brought to the club.”
Napoli will be hoping for their star man, Gonzalo Higuain to produce some magic for them. Gonzalo Higuain has 15 goals in 25 starts in his first season at San Paolo. There is also a quality attacker Dries Mertens.
Clarence Seedorf remains unbeaten in the league after seeing his side draw 1-1 at home to Torino in his third Serie A game in charge, although they are outsiders to come out on top here. Last weekend’s stalemate saw Seedorf deprived of star striker Mario Balotelli for the first time after he was suspended following a yellow card for making an inappropriate gesture to the opposition fans after his late goal in the win over Cagliari.
Without him, the Rosonori struggled for a genuine striker up front, eventually settling for a point thanks to a deflected equaliser from central defender Adil Rami.
Napoli coach Rafa Benitez is also very excited about this glamorous game. He said: “A more positive style of football is necessary in Italy. It’s better for the fans as well. I’m only thinking of winning against Milan tomorrow and we shouldn’t think of anything else. Milan have a lot of players who can make the vital difference like Balotelli, Honda, Robinho and Kakà. A balanced squad is an advantage in any game. Getting Behrami back is very positive even if he’s not yet 100%, he helps the defense a lot of wins a lot of balls”.