How Clarence Seedorf Will Revolutionize Milan

Matteo BonettiContributor IJanuary 17, 2014

Dutch soccer player Clarence Seedorf gestures at a press conference at the Brazilian club Botafogo, where the midfielder has been playing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.  Seedorf said Tuesday he will take over as the new coach at AC Milan, replacing Massimiliano Allegri who was fired the day before. (AP Photo/Fabio Castro, AGIF)
Fabio Castro/Associated Press

Now that the dust has cleared from the madness surrounding Milan, fans are wondering how new coach Clarence Seedorf will actually change the squad and bring them out of their depths.

The Rossoneri have been underachieving domestically this entire season, with poor displays met by robotic and often predictable game plans.

Many of the great names around the game have been praising Milan for taking the chance on an ex-player who has virtually no coaching experience. Former Milan and current Russia coach Fabio Capello told Milan Channel (via Football Italia):

We’ve always had a good rapport and I was curious to see his training session. Clarence has a lot of experience and everything it takes to do well. He’s always had a great deal of character and that’s something you never lose, no matter what the role.

It is always a lovely feeling to come back to Milanello and see the people you worked with in the past. It feels like coming home.

Seedorf played more than 300 matches with Milan
Seedorf played more than 300 matches with MilanAntonio Calanni/Associated Press

Capello's main points reference Seedorf's personality. He has the characteristics and personality traits of a great coach, and the foundation is there for him to continue to grow tactically and put out a Milan side that can once again make their fans proud.

As a player, Seedorf was always a top-class individual, never getting into the spotlight for the wrong reasons. He was beloved by teammates and fans alike and really embodies the true meaning of being a Rossonero.

If there's anyone that understands the legacy and history of the club, it's him.

An emotional Seedorf announces his retirement at Botafogo
An emotional Seedorf announces his retirement at BotafogoSatiro Sodre/Associated Press

Seedorf has a wealth of experience as a player, having won four Champions League titles with three different teams—an astounding accomplishment. While success as a player doesn't always translate into a coaching career, it's definitely a risk worth taking when you assess all of his qualities as a person.

On the field, expect Milan's new coach to field a more offensive 4-2-3-1 formation which utilizes the strength and depth up front.

Against Hellas Verona on Sunday, don't be surprised to see Mario Balotelli leading the line, with Robinho, Kaka and Keisuke Honda in support.

Honda will likely play on the right as an attacking midfielder, where he can slash onto his left foot and either curl the ball to goal or create for a teammate.

Seedorf will most likely want only midfielders who are technical and can play with the ball at their feet, ruling out the future of a few midfielders like Antonio Nocerino and even Sulley Muntari.

The revolution at Milan has just begun, and Clarence Seedorf is just the right man to guide the team forward, producing positive results as well as aesthetically pleasing performances.