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Juventus forward Fernando Llorente, of Spain, centre, celebrates with a teammate after scoring during a
Serie A football match between Juventus and Sampdoria at the Juventus stadium, in Turin, Italy, yesterday.
Juventus won 4-2. AP PHOTO
MILAN---New AC Milan coach
Clarence Seedorf vowed yesterday
to take the club back to the top
while helping his players "redis-
cover joy in playing football."
Seedorf signed a two-and-a-
half year contract at AC Milan on
Thursday, replacing Massimiliano
Allegri, who was fired following
Sunday s disappointing 4-3 loss
at newly-promoted Sassuolo.
"I m very happy to have
returned home, I feel at home here,
with a lot of desire to do well, to
work hard and to transmit enthu-
siasm and joy," Seedorf said in his
first press conference since taking
charge. "We re always very lucky
to be able to do our job almost as
if it was a hobby.
"These are my first words, to
rediscover joy, enthusiasm and fun
in playing football."
Seedorf spent ten years as a
player with Milan, helping it win
a number of trophies including
two Champions League titles and
two Serie A crowns. He also won
the Champions League with Ajax
and Real Madrid.
Milan is currently languishing
in 11th place in the standings, just
six points above the relegation
zone. It faces a tricky match against
high-flying Hellas Verona today.
"I think that difficult moments
have to be analysed with a view
to finding solutions and never los-
ing sight of the quality that we
"The team definitely hasn t
expressed its quality in terms of
the numbers they ve produced but
that can happen and I have no
doubt that the situation will come
back to what it once was. It all
depends on how you work, you
need enthusiasm and to get people
back to the stadium with a con-
vincing style of play. It s easier to
get results playing well.
"I don t want to talk about the
league table because in certain sit-
uations it can be a terrible thing
to look at. On a more positive
point, no one is pointing the finger
at anyone and we have very united
group. We ll need time and the
backing of our fans who will be,
as always, the 12th man that I know
so well from the delicate moments
that I ve been through in my career
in which they ve always been a
positive presence. They ll help give
the energy that the team needs
and the team will give that energy
Seedorf has been playing for
Brazilian club Botafogo since leav-
ing Milan in 2012 but the mid-
fielder announced his retirement
on Tuesday in order to take up the
role as coach. It is his first man-
agerial position at the age of 37.
Seedorf vows to help Milan rediscover joy
MILAN---Juventus eased to a 4-
2 win over Sampdoria to restore
its eight-point advantage at the
top of the table after Roma com-
fortably beat relegation-threat-
ened Livorno 3-0 yesterday.
Arturo Vidal scored twice for
Juventus in a fantastic first half.
Paul Pogba also netted a brilliant
effort as Antonio Conte s team
cruised to a record-extending 12th
Sampdoria never gave up and
its tenacity was embodied by
Manolo Gabbiadini, who hit the
post and the crossbar as well as
Roma briefly reduced Juventus
advantage to five points after goals
from Mattia Destro, Kevin Stroot-
man and Adem Ljajic.
Livorno remained bottom of the
standings, four points off safety
ahead of the rest of the round.
Having set a club record with
its 11th successive win last week,
Juventus was looking to close in
on Inter Milan s record of 17 con-
secutive victories, set in the 2006-
Juventus broke the deadlock in
the 18th minute when Pogba sent
a delightful through ball in for Vidal
to flick into the bottom right corner
with the outside of his boot.
Gabbiadini almost immediately
levelled but his effort scraped the
outside of the post.
Juventus extended its lead min-
utes later when Fernando Llorente
leapt highest to powerfully head in
Carlos Tevez s corner.
Tevez almost got on the score-
sheet but he was denied by a com-
bination of the right post and then
Sampdoria goalkeeper Junior Da
Samp reduced the deficit seven
minutes from time when Juventus
defender Andrea Barzagli slid in to
block Gabbiadini s cross but suc-
ceeded only in turning it into his
Juventus restored its two-goal
advantage minutes later as Vasco
Regini was adjudged to have fouled
Vidal and the Chilean lashed home
the resulting penalty.
Samp got back into the game
again midway through the second
period. Juventus goalkeeper Gian-
luigi Buffon pulled off an excellent
reaction save to keep out Regini s
header but Gabbiadini fired in the
And Samp was almost imme-
diately level but Gabbiadini s effort
cannoned off the crossbar.
Pogba sealed the match 12 min-
utes from time when he curled a
magnificent strike from 20 metres
into the top right corner. (AP)
beats Sampdoria 4-2
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