Previous
Krasnodar
VfL Wolfsburg
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Standard Liege
Sevilla FC
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Lille
Everton
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
PAOK Salonika
Fiorentina
ESPN3 5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
Asteras Tripoli
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Internazionale
St Etienne
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Villarreal
FC Z├╝rich
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
 By Ben Gladwell
Jun 26, 2014

Andrea Poli criticises Clarence Seedorf

Andrea Poli was not a fan of Clarence Seedorf's management style.

AC Milan midfielder Andrea Poli says he is looking forward to working under Filippo Inzaghi after becoming the latest Rossoneri player to criticise his predecessor Clarence Seedorf.

- Mario Balotelli staying put at AC Milan
- Paul: Key players for Milan to lead Inzaghi era

Milan secured the full transfer rights of Poli from Sampdoria this summer, much to the delight of the 24-year-old who cannot wait to get back in action and put a disappointing four months behind him.

Not only did he claim he suffered under the stewardship of Seedorf, but he was also left out of the Italy squad for the World Cup.

"I'm proud and fully motivated because Milan is like a family to me," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I would like this club to be competing for what it deserves again and I think that [Inzaghi] can give us that identity.

"He's very enthusiastic and we're all desperate to bounce back. It's a match made in heaven."

Poli became the third person associated with Milan to criticise Seedorf after Giampaolo Pazzini and assistant coach Mauro Tassotti both aired grievances.

"After [Massimiliano] Allegri was sacked, we were all disappointed," Poli said. "Seedorf came in and he wanted to make changes which, in a moment like that, were difficult to absorb. I would have expected more in the way of dialogue from him.

"He just tried to impose his philosophy, but in such a difficult phase, talking a bit more with us would have helped everybody. We needed security and certainties."

Poli also blamed Seedorf for effectively ruining his chances of appearing at the World Cup for Italy.

"At the start of the season, I was the Milan player who had played the most minutes," he said. "Then Seedorf arrived, and I started playing less. In the last month-and-a-half, I hardly ever played, and for a player who has his sights set on playing for his national team, that wasn't a great help."

Poli has already put that disappointment behind him and believes Milan could follow the example of Roma and emerge from a disappointment to challenge for the Scudetto next season.

"I really hope so," he said. "[Jeremy] Menez and Alex are top international players and they're going to give us a hand. And without playing in Europe, that will give us even more time to work."

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.