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AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has spoken about the ill-fated regime of Clarence Seedorf for the first time. The Dutchman was sacked from his role as the manager of Milan only a few months ago. He has replaced by Filippo Inzaghi, who has been promoted from the youth team. The decision from Milan to sack Seedorf, who is one of the celebrated players, after just six months in charge of the team has been met with a lot of surprise. Seedorf came in as the replacement for Massimiliano Allegri only during the January transfer window.
Abbiati says that even though performances are extremely good, Seedorf has left the club because it is understood that he had off the field issues with the management. Abbiati reckons that the failure to secure a top three finish last season was primarily known to the poor form that the club experienced in the early part of the season. Even though Allegri led the club too early to tell a few years ago, he was unable to prevent the rapid decline in form after the sale of crucial players. A number of top names have departed Milan in the last few years.
The exodus is expected to continue with Mario Balotelli joining Kaka and Robinho this summer.
“In the past season, we performed poorly in the first half. Twenty-two points [between August and December] was terrible. With Seedorf in the second half [of the season] we played at a high level, but I think there were other issues that do not relate to the locker room affecting us. Inzaghi has a crazy enthusiasm. It’s infectious. The team follows him and pays attention to what he has to share. El Shaarawy? I hope he starts showing the quality he has already demonstrated in the past,” said Abbiati.