Balotelli: Seedorf is like Mourinho

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AC Milan marksman Mario Balotelli has compared new coach Clarence Seedorf to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Clarence Seedorf began his coaching career with three points as AC Milan beat Hellas Verona last weekend and he has already impressed Mario Balotelli.

Seedorf was playing for Brazilian side Botafogo when he received the call from Milan to replace axed boss Massimiliano Allegri.

The Dutchman was able to terminate his contract in Brazil with immediate effect and make use of the coaching qualifications he had studied over the last 18 months.

The new man immediately shook up Milan's tactics, changing to a 4-2-3-1 formation and encouraging more men to get forward and attack.

Milan had to battle hard to overcome Hellas Verona in Seedorf's first outing but managed it with a 1-0 victory coming thanks to a Balotelli penalty.

The press had reported that Balotelli was unsettled by the departure of Allegri - a coach he had a mixed relationship with - but Seedorf seems to have won his approval.

"In Clarence Seedorf I saw the ruthlessness and will to win of Jose Mourinho," Balotelli said in an interview with Chi magazine, which is quoted in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

This can be deemed high praise given Balotelli's close relationship with Mourinho, who he worked with at Inter.

Seedorf's next test is an away trip to Sardinia to take on a Cagliari side who are hovering above the relegation zone.

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