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May 5, 2014

Seedorf 'played tactics Berlusconi likes'

AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf suggested his tactical switch for the 1-0 victory over city rivals Inter had been influenced by the wishes of club president Silvio Berlusconi.

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Prior to Sunday night's encounter, it had been claimed that Seedorf had been put under pressure to field Mattia De Sciglio at full-back and start with both Mario Balotelli and Giampaolo Pazzini in a more attack-minded setup.

Although Pazzini remained on the bench, Seedorf did alter his team's style, although he maintains he had wanted to spring a surprise for the derby clash.

"We played with the diamond, trying two against three with Balotelli and Kaka whenever we were defending because it was important we kept an eye on [Esteban] Cambiasso, because that is where they have launched their play in many games," Seedorf told the Italian media after the match. "My first worry was being compact both when defending and when attacking.

"I wanted to surprise Inter by changing tactics, and then we all know that the president likes these tactics and we intend to play this way next season."

The victory saw Milan close to within three points of Inter and they remain in the hunt for a place in Europe next season.

"I feel that I'm a winner and winners always give it their best," added Seedorf, whose position has been shrouded in doubt over recent weeks. "I need to thank my players for their efforts because they all looked focused and determined during the week and that gives me confidence. Let's just enjoy this evening."

The win has not dispelled doubts about his Milan future, though, and one of the latest rumours has linked him with a move to their city rivals, and the Dutchman is ruling nothing out.

"It could always happen and it wouldn't be anything scandalous," he said. "But it's not an appropriate question to ask today, considering that we also played with the tactics that the president likes."

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