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Seedorf sets out holistic plan at Milan

Published: Saturday 15 February 2014, 19.22CET
Clarence Seedorf talks to UEFA.com about his bow as a coach in the UEFA Champions League, AC Milan's "responsibility to youngsters" and "values on and off the field".
by Roberta Radaelli
from Milan

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Published: Saturday 15 February 2014, 19.22CET

Seedorf sets out holistic plan at Milan

Clarence Seedorf talks to UEFA.com about his bow as a coach in the UEFA Champions League, AC Milan's "responsibility to youngsters" and "values on and off the field".

Clarence Seedorf says "the DNA of AC Milan is something I have inside me" ahead of his UEFA Champions League coaching debut this week.

The only man to have won the competition with three different clubs as a player, Seedorf will have his first taste of the action from the dugout on Wednesday. The former Netherlands midfielder took the Rossoneri helm last month and is now preparing for a round of 16 tie against Club Atlético de Madrid, beginning at San Siro. His sights, though, are set far longer term than this season.

"Coming back to AC Milan was like I'd never been away actually; you know everybody, everybody knows you," the 37-year-old said. "Getting back was just like coming back after I'd been injured or on holiday. After ten years I think you get a sense of things and of course the president, [Silvio] Berlusconi, has always expressed the values he would like to see on the field and also off it.

"Those are values I definitely want to work on and want to impart to the group, because we have a responsibility, especially to the younger ones watching us: it's not only about winning, but about how we win; it's not only about competing, but about how you compete. It's a long journey but it has started now and I'm very happy to lead it from a technical point of view."

To hear more from Seedorf, view the video above.

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