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Seedorf: It’s Important To Stay Calm

New Milan coach, Clarence Seedorf, called for calm despite his side being knocked out of the Coppa Italia after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Udinese at San Siro on Wednesday night.

Milan, who are currently only in 11th position in Seria A, had hoped to progress in Seedorf’s second game at the helm with the Coppa being the Rossoneri’s best hope of European qualification.

Bespite the defeat, Seedorf was happy with his side’s first-half performance, but adds he can't turn things around within only two days.

"I think that we started the game well tonight, we managed to score a goal, and up to conceding a penalty to Udinese I think we didn't risk a lot," the Dutchman said.

"We need time to gain that mental strength, that general strength to maintain a certain type of game for more time on the pitch and that can't obviously be built in two days.

"I really want to look ahead for us, of course we tried to win today, we weren't in an ideal situation - not to find excuses but we had four midfielders out of six injured.

"At the moment it's very important to remain calm, even if we're not in a calm situation.

"I'm here to try and keep the team calm and I'll try to convey to the guys that they need to go forward with serenity and determination in order to gain confidence and results."

The former Milan player says it’s a pity to be out of the Coppa, but on the other hand it gives him and the team more time to focus on improving and build a successful future.

"My idea since my first day here was to getting to know the guys and then intervene with some actions," he said.

"It's a pity we're out of Coppa Italia but we will have entire weeks to work hard and we will do our best in order to improve the situation.

"I'm here to build something good and look ahead."

Can Seedorf turn the tide at San Siro and still lead the Rossonieri into a European competition? Have your say in the comment section below.

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